Police: Motorcyclist killed in Kennedy Expressway crash

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A motorcyclist was killed in a crash early Sunday on the Kennedy Expressway on the Northwest Side, according to Illinois State Police.

Hector Virella, 46, was driving a 1998 black Honda motorcycle “at a high rate of speed” at 3:10 a.m. north in the outbound lanes of the I-94 near Wilson Avenue when he lost control, veered left onto the shoulder and struck the wall, police said. No other vehicles were involved.

Virella was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said. No other injuries were reported. The Cook County medical examiner’s office did not immediately provide information on the fatality.

Outbound lanes of the expressway were closed to traffic in the area until 6 a.m., police said.


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