Plainfield Motorcyclist Killed in Crash

Juan Juarez-Del Angel died Friday afternoon at Provena Saint Joseph Hospital in Joliet after being struck by an SUV. The driver of the larger vehicle was driving on a suspended license, police said.

A 25-year-old motorcyclist from Plainfield died Friday after being struck by an out-of-control SUV driven by a Joliet man with a suspended license and no insurance, police said.

Juan M. Juarez-Del Angel was pronounced dead at Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet at 4:41 p.m., an hour after the crash on eastbound Interstate 80 east of Interstate 55, according to the Will County Coroner’s office.

Juarez-Del Angel was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, police said.

Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Bill Fuentes said a 1999 Kia Sportage SUV was traveling on the ramp from northbound I-55 to eastbound I-80 when it lost control, fishtailed and struck the motorcycle.

“He evidently was taking the curve too fast,” Fuentes said of the driver, 42-year-old Aaron Pointer of Joliet.

Pointer was ticketed for driving on a suspended license, improper lane use and operating an uninsured vehicle, police said.

Fuentes said Pointer was also taken to Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center with minor injuries. 

Kristine Neumann June 09, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Since it is the law in Illinois to have insurance, how is it that this individual was driving an uninsured vehicle? When you renew your license plates, you must state on the renewal form your insurance company, policy # & expiration date. What was this SUV doing on the road with no insurance? I really wish someone from Springfield's Secretay of State's office would answer this question.
Jerry June 10, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Perhaps the insurance lapsed after the owner renewed the registration.
Stormchaser June 10, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Stories like this make me sick! Shame on Aaron Pointer and his family for thinking they were above the law and now a young man's family has to mourn.
Frank June 10, 2012 at 02:54 AM
Juan was a co-woker of mine and the best friend in the world! Juan was 25 and I'm 61 but we were like Father and Son. This little Mexican was my best Buddy! Here in the States, legally, working two jobs, just to get by. Yet, he gets killed by some frickin idiot with no license, no insurance. Someone arrested for possesion, two years ago. Jerry, I don't know you and probably shouldn't judge you, but did you vote for Obama? You frickin idiot! Here's a 25 year old kid, because some idiot has no regard for our laws and you think the killer just forgot to renew his insurance? Your an idiot!!!
Jerry June 10, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Frank, not that I owe you an explanation, by my comment was a direct response to Kristine's inquiry about how the driver was able to renew his registration withoutninsurance. Nowhere did I offer this as an excuse for the behavior, nor did I intimate that he "forgot" to renew it. I'm sorry for the loss of your friend and will attribute your misinterpretation of my comment to your grief, rather than poor reading comprehension abilities.
Shannon Antinori (Editor) June 10, 2012 at 03:28 AM
I'm sure you can all get your points across without resorting to name calling. Please be civil to each other. Frank, I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend.
Joe Francis June 10, 2012 at 06:51 AM
Patch editors take their jobs way to seriously. This isn't the Chicago Tribune here guys. Your journalism consists of police blotters and the new speed bumps the city put on residential streets.
Joe Francis June 10, 2012 at 07:00 AM
I'm sure you wouldn't lose your small irrelevant job if you let people speak their mind. You guys are just driving people away. Google it... People are getting fed up with it. Censorship is going to be the demise of patch.com
Joe Francis June 10, 2012 at 07:05 AM
That's what you get when you have wanna be journalists controlling your site. You guys put all this work into a site you don't even own. Great work ethic, dumb as rocks.
Joe Francis June 10, 2012 at 07:14 AM
Great example... Shannon you are a Romeoville resident and you grew up in Joliet. What business do you have editing a Plainfield site?
Joe Francis June 10, 2012 at 07:16 AM
This is supposed to be hyperlocal journalism right?
Joe Francis June 10, 2012 at 07:19 AM
I am anonymous. If you make us mad you will go tango down.
Peter Piper June 10, 2012 at 07:21 AM
Well said Joe
John June 10, 2012 at 09:39 AM
Kristine, unfortunately people are allowed to purchase insurance, let it lapse, and the authorities are not notified. So they buy a month of insurance for when they renew their license and then let it expire until they need it again. If they get a ticket for no insurance, they simply get another month policy, show it to the judge so the ticket is thrown out, then they let it expire again. Supposedly 15% of Illinois drivers are uninsured.
John June 10, 2012 at 10:00 AM
Joe, this might not be the Tribune, but it isnt the high school newspaper either. Some of your questions can be answered here... http://www.patch.com/about The editors monitor the comments so the discussion is civilized. Is that too much to ask for? Would you rather have a comment section littered with spam, viagra ads, name calling, and threats? I dont think this is a volunteer site, these editors are paid employees. She recently transferred from Romeoville Patch to Plainfield Patch. So this is her business.
tony June 10, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Juan lived at my moms house and was a very good hard working young man he just bought that bike 2 days ago along with a beautiful brand new sunfire he would send whatever extra money he had back home to mexico to his famiy. Het told my brother he loved it but was mad because it seemed like noone could see him when he was on it please lets be more aware of people on bikes drop the cell phones and watch the road. Here is someone who just began enjoying life.only to lose it.
Kristine Neumann June 10, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Frank, I hope you take your grief all the way to the end on this. I hope you show up at the trial, I hope you follow through to see that the judge doesn't give this individual a slap on the wrist as happens in many cases. Someone needs to stand up for the innocent & I really hope it's you. I'm sick of reading about people who have no right to be behind the wheel of a car & murder innocent people. It's time we send these judges a message that we're not going to take it anymore.
Shannon Antinori (Editor) June 10, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Eyes, If you read my entire bio, you'll see that prior to joining Patch, I spent more than eight years covering Plainfield for a local newspaper. I may not have been born and raised in Plainfield, but I think I've spent enough time in the community to have a good understanding (and a whole lot of care, concern and pride for) the village.
John June 10, 2012 at 04:22 PM
May Juan M. Juarez-Del Angel rest in peace, God bless his soul and comfort his family. Am I missing something here, I only see citations for traffic violations. Why isn't Pointer charged with murder? Off topic - How is it that I have the same user name as somebody else? I'm not the same John that commented earlier.
Tim June 10, 2012 at 04:58 PM
That is because the old editor of the Plainfield Patch did such an abysmal job. Poor editing, countless spelling and grammar mistakes, non-existent fact-checking, overbearing micro-management of the comment section(factual information being posted about local stories being deleted, so as not to 'upstage' the editor). Hopefully, Shannon has a better grasp on WHY she no longer works at a 'local paper', and doesn't bring the same business model and ideas about what a news site 'should be' to the online world. The majority of local papers went away or shrank into obscurity for a reason, as the 'gatekeeper' newspaper mentality just is not compatible with an online model, as has been proven time and time again. Working at a local paper is not a plus on your credentials, it is a minus. Don't let that world follow you here.
Kristine Neumann June 10, 2012 at 05:09 PM
John, I'm sure more charges will be forthcoming. Although murder should be one of the charges, I'm sure that's not what he will eventually charged with. I hope the Patch keeps us informed on this in the future.
John June 10, 2012 at 05:59 PM
John June 10, 2012 at 06:00 PM
I'm John too John. Patch sites have many many flaws. This is just one.
John June 10, 2012 at 06:01 PM
FYI I'm a totally different John than the previous two.
John June 10, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Oh ya, it wouldn't be murder John. Manslaughter maybe but unlikely.
T-Bone June 10, 2012 at 06:13 PM
I was thinking the same thing John. I am hoping they are doing the investigation and then will add charges for the death. They need to make sure they hit him with charges that will stick but I think this is no different then driving drunk and killing someone! He knew he should not have been driving but made the choice to break the law which ended in a death of an innocent rider. RIP to a fellow Rider!
Tim June 10, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Yes, you are missing something. There will never be a murder charge. There might be a manslaughter charge, but even that is doubtful because, among other things, the rider was on a motorcycle(inherent risk taken by the rider). The difference between murder and manslaughter, is that one involves intent, the other does not. Unless it can be proven that the driver of the car was actively seeking out to kill this exact driver of the motorcycle, for premeditated reasons, it will not be murder. With the facts available so far, the worst charge that could be brought would be involuntary manslaughter. Even that is unlikely, however.
Shannon Antinori (Editor) June 10, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Sorry, folks. Got a busy today today and somebody with too much time on his or her hands is spamming this thread with really gross comments. I've got to shut them down, for now at least.


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