2/20/16: Will County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 22000 block of W. Renwick Road, Plainfield Township, at 5:42pm, for an accident involving two motorcycles and a vehicle. Upon arrival deputies observed two Harley Davidson motorcycles in a ditch near a residential driveway. One motorcycle driver, Richard Wallace, age 52, of Morris, was unresponsive at the scene and was transported to Presence St. Joe’s Hospital by Plainfield Fire. He was pronounced deceased by hospital staff. The second Harley Davidson driver, a 27 year old male from Ottawa, was also transported to St. Joe’s with non-life threatening injuries.
A 20 year old female, driving a 2004 Ford Focus, and several witnesses stated that they observed three motorcycles weaving in and out of traffic at high speeds prior to the accident. While the Focus was traveling eastbound on Renwick Road three motorcycles entered the westbound lane to pass the vehicle. One motorcycle was able to get back over in time however the other two were not and were struck head-on by the Focus. The female driver was transported to St. Joe’s with non-life threatening injuries.
Cause of death for Mr. Wallace is pending an autopsy and toxicology reports by the Will County Coroner’s Office. –end-
The Will County Sheriff's Office is advising the public and trucking industry that Sheriff's deputies will be strictly enforcing the newly posted 5 ton weight limit on Manhattan-Arsenal Road between Rt. 53 and Brandon Road near Elwood in Jackson Township. Due to the concern of residents who live on this roadway, the Will County Board endorsed and passed a resolution stating that the 15 ton weight limit would be reduced to 5 tons. The resolution was approved on October 22, 2015.
New signage is in place on both north and southbound Rt. 53 and on Manhattan-Arsenal Road. This enforcement is in accordance with 625 ILCS 5/11-305 and 625 ILCS 5/15-107.
A letter was sent to the Illinois Trucking Association notifying them of this change. To view the letter and/or to view the statutes, please visit our website at www.willcosheriff.org.