Fatal South Lake Shore Drive Motorcycle Collision

There was a fatal Lake Shore Drive motorcycle collision that occurred on Friday (August 2, 2019) evening. This fatal Lake Shore Drive motorcycle collision involved a motorcycle with passenger and a Pace van.

The is fatal Lake Shore Drive motorcycle collision is discussed in a number of media sources, including the August 3, 2019 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “1 dead, 1 critically injured in Lake Shore Drive motorcycle crash” as well as the August 3 NBC Chicago article titled “1 Dead, 1 Critically Injured in Lake Shore Drive Motorcycle Crash.”

An excerpt regarding this fatal motorcycle collision from the Sun-Times article:

Joseph Arjona and a 21-year-old woman were on a motorcycle southbound about 7:25 p.m., when the motorcycle rear-ended a Pace van in the 5400 block of South Lake Shore Drive, ejecting them from the motorcycle, Chicago police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.

They were both rushed to the University of Chicago Medical Center where Arjona was pronounced dead, authorities said. He lived in Washington Park.

The female motorcycle passenger was critically injured in the crash.

The death of Arjona (age 25) was ruled an accident after an autopsy was conducted.

The driver of the Pace van, a 71-year-old man, refused medical treatment at the accident scene.

This fatal Lake Shore Drive motorcycle collision remains under investigation by the Chicago Police Department’s Major Accidents Unit.

Crashes that lead to the motorcyclist (and, if applicable, passenger) to be ejected often lead to serious accident injuries. Ejections often result from certain types of motorcycle crashes.

Reasons for motorcycle crashes are discussed on the “Reasons For Cook County Motorcycle Accident Injuries And Fatalities” page. Also discussed on that page is what to do if you have been hurt during a motorcycle crash. Included in that discussion is steps to take from both a medical and legal perspective.