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Truck Driver in Fatal Kirk Road Collision Charged With Failure to Yield

A June 19 court date is set for Kevin McElwain, the 19-year-old driver whose pickup truck collided with a motorcycle May 20 on Kirk Road in Geneva, killing the motorcycle's passenger, 48-year-old Angela M. Tedesco of Bolingbrook.

The Geneva Police Department has cited a 19-year-old Bartlett man with failure to yield turning left after the May 20 truck-versus-motorcycle collision that killed 48-year-old Angela M. Tedesco of Bolingbrook.

A Geneva Police Department press release issued Thursday afternoon said a thorough investigation—which included evidence and witness statements—concluded that Kevin McElwain had failed to yield at the intersection of Kirk Road and Division Street.

The investigation's findings were supported after a review by the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office, the release said.

McElwain was given a court date of June 19 at Kane County Bench Court, 530 South Randall Road, Geneva.

According to the initial press release and preliminary investigation, McElwain was traveling north on Kirk Road approaching Division Street shortly before 5:45 p.m. Sunday when his GMC Sierra pickup truck collided with a southbound motorcycle driven by Michael A. Tedesco, 50, of Bolingbrook and carrying Tedesco's wife, Angela.

Angela Tedesco was pronounced dead at Delnor Hospital in Geneva at around 7:48 p.m. Sunday. Michael Tedesco was transported to Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge and was in stable condition as of Monday. McElwain was treated and released at the scene.

indicated that McElwain had been attempting a U-turn prior to the intersection.

Sources say Angela Tedesco coached the Bolingbrook Trojans cheer team and her children played football in the Bolingbrook program. 

 

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John Moreli May 25, 2012 at 03:10 AM
One was killed and it appears to be a bad judgement accident! However a very tragic and sad story !
G.Ryan May 25, 2012 at 04:05 AM
We all need to slow down and be courteous to one another on the road. I don't see anymore patience on the road. People will run you down just to get ahead of you. Very sad this accident but to be on a motorcycle these days the way people drive it is dangerous. And I have seen alot without helmets. My prayers and thoughts are with the family of the deceased. You can leave your home one day and your life can be changed so quickly. Be safe everyone as we celebrate our holiday...
Justin Eggar May 25, 2012 at 06:52 PM
And to think, he almost saved two minutes by avoiding a proper turn. I sincerely hope that karma rewards this guy in spades.
Abigail Xavier June 21, 2012 at 05:33 PM
"Riding a motorcycle, you are far more likely to get in an accident and far more likely to get hurt than if you are driving a car. In fact, according to The US Highway Safety Authority, in 2002 20.9 cars out of 100,000 ended up in fatal crashes. The rate for motorcycles is 66.7 per 100,000. That means that you are 209% more likely to be in a fatal crash on a motorcycle. So, why do most motorcycle accidents happen? According to the Hurt Study (the most comprehensive motorcycle safety study to date): "The failure of motorists to detect and recognize motorcycles in traffic is the predominating cause of motorcycle accidents. The driver of the other vehicle involved in collision with the motorcycle did not see the motorcycle before the collision, or did not see the motorcycle until too late to avoid the collision." According to the Hurt Study, 77% of two vehicle accidents occur in the 10, 11, 12, 1, and 2 o'clock positions of the motorcycle. We see that drivers aren't just seeing motorcyclists, most of the time they aren't seeing them when they are approaching from the front. The Hurt Study also teachers us that the most frequent accident happens when the motorcycle is proceeding straight and a car makes a left turn in front of the oncoming motorcycle. Intersections are the most likely place for the motorcycle accident, with the other vehicle violating the motorcycle's right-of-way." http://www.bikerhiway.com/motorcycle-safety-info/
brittany tedesco February 05, 2013 at 12:57 PM
Wish theyd say more instead of reporting for one day.

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