Fatality in Two-Vehicle Crash Near Don Moffitt Overpass

fatality-motorcycleA motorcycle rider driving near the Don Moffitt overpass this afternoon has been killed.

The Galesburg Police Department has confirmed that 20-year-old Dakota J. Taylor of Galesburg was the rider pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities responded to a call at 1:48 this afternoon to find Taylor unresponsive when they arrived. Taylor’s yellow motorcycle was reportedly headed eastbound towards the downtown area, when it collided with a black Ford Taurus turning into the parking lot of either Buelt Chiropractic or the Knox Pet Clinic.

Galesburg Police Chief David Christensen says the department is investigating into whether or not Taylor was increasing in speed to lift his Yamaha motorcycle onto one wheel. Taylor was reportedly driving without a license. 

Employees at the Knox Pet Clinic cited the sounds of sliding wheels and a large crash. Authorities have reported roughly 20 foot skid marks. 

Galesburg Fire officials, EMT and City Street Division workers joined police on the scene to clean up debris of the crash. Police and the Knox County Coroner are currently investigating.

This is the second of two fatal accidents today. Illinois State Police confirmed earlier this afternoon that two people were confirmed dead, following a two-car-head-on collision that shut down part of US-34 in rural Henderson County this morning. Burlington, Iowa natives 23-year-old Anthony Brown II and Robert Alden Kemp Sr. have both been pronounced dead.  

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