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. 

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 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.


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »