Investigation Continues into Tuesday's Fatal Motorcycle Crash

Darien police say it could be two weeks until reconstruction teams determine what happened.

It could be up to two weeks before a reconstruction team determines the cause of a fatal motorcycle accident Tuesday afternoon in Darien, Deputy Police Chief John Cooper said.

released Tuesday said William Pott, 51, of the 8200 block of Deerwood Court in Woodridge, collided with an SUV around 4:30 p.m. near the Speedway gas station at Plainfield and Lemont Roads.

Argonne paramedics took Pott, who was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, where he was pronounced dead at 5:15 p.m., the DuPage County Coroner's Office said. Pott died of multiple traumatic injuries to his head and chest, according to a preliminary report from the coroner's office. 

The driver of the SUV, also from Woodridge, was not injured in the crash.

As of Wednesday afternoon, no one had been cited in connection with the accident, police said.

A patrol officer driving on Plainfield toward Lemont Road discovered the accident before anyone had called paramedics, Cooper said. The officer, however, did not witness the accident.

Although more accidents happen in intersections than other parts of the roadway, Cooper said reports don't show an unusually high number of incidents at Plainfield and Lemont.

"That intersection has a few accidents a year but it's no different from 82nd and Lemont," Cooper said. "There are more at 87th and Lemont because it's a downhill grade."

Patch readers, several of whom said they witnessed the accident, shared their reactions in the comments section and on Facebook.

Patch comments

: "I was the cna who stayed by that man until the cops and paramedics came. He was in and out of consciousness. I feel for his family and he will always be in my thoughts and prayers. As well as the woman who he colided with."

: I live in the subdivision just west of where the accident occurred. I came out of my street (Meadowwood) at approx. 6:15 p.m. It looked like i just missed the accident. I noticed the traffic signals were turned off and there were police officers directing traffic. I saw the motorcycle on the ground.

I always said with the gas station there, it's an accident waiting to happen.

I'm sorry it had to be so serious.

Vernice Papacek

: that day i was driving home from school and i saw the motorcycle and lots of blood. I got shocked and I felt horrible and I still have tiers when i think about it. Even though I didn't know him I was so sorry for him. I cried like an hour!

Facebook comments

Dana Pargauskas-Murray: Shocking to hear motorcylist got killed on Plainfield Road and Lemont. How could it happened? Alway go that intersection every day.

Mike Marlene Chidichimo-Brady: My son, his friend and I were backed up in a traffic on Plainfield and saw a helmet and motorcycle on the ground. So sad. My heart goes out to his family.

rich biszewski July 28, 2011 at 11:19 PM
Bill was a friend of mine for many years ,Thank you for your thoughts and prayers at his time of need
Samantha timm July 28, 2011 at 11:27 PM
I just want to say this paper should get facts straight me and another gentleman were first on the seen while on the phone w cops talking to this poor man talking to him making sure he didn't move n kept breathing while others stood by and gaulked. It is a tragedy I hope people learn from n help others in the. Future
Lauren Williamson (Editor) July 28, 2011 at 11:34 PM
Hi Samantha, I'm so sorry you had to experience that. The Darien police said they did not receive a call prior to a patrol officer driving up to the scene of the accident. All I can do in such a situation is report what the police tell me, as that is considered to be the official record of the accident. I can't even imagine how traumatic it must have been for you to stay with Mr. Pott. My thoughts are with you, just as they are with his family during this tragic time. Sincerely, Lauren Williamson Editor, Darien Patch
Samantha timm July 29, 2011 at 12:44 AM
I completely understand you have to go by facts it was just really upsetting to me that I and the witness were the only two who took a stand and did as we felt was right while others watched and then for the police report to say something that was not true was in my eyes not right.I think there are too many people who do not do as they should in these circumstances as well as tell the truth and that is something i want to put out there and let people know to do the right thing and help as well as tell the truth.I was raised to help as im sure the other gentleman as well and I only hope others learn from our reactions and do the same.I appreciate the response.God be with him and his family
Ed Tannhauser July 29, 2011 at 03:55 PM
My wife and children were in the first vehicle as the accident happened and unfortunately witnessed the entire accident untill Darien police released them after getting statements. My 7 year old was sick from the site of this and my wife is still in disbelief as to what she witnessed. I feel terrible for all parties involved from This terrible accident.
Kathi Tannhauser July 29, 2011 at 04:11 PM
Hi Samantha, This accident happened right in front of us. I am the woman in the minivan with the four young children. I pulled over and tried to help you with the victim but my daughter was sick from what we saw so I pulled my car into the Speedway parking lot to shield my kids from seeing anything else. I gave my statement to the police officers and stayed with the woman who was driving the SUV that Mr. Pott collided with. This woman was in complete shock. I was trying to help her because she was alone and a complete mess - obviously. As I witnessed this tragic accident, it was not her fault by any means and this will change and affect her forever. My thoughts go out to her as well as Mr. Pott's family. Life is short everyone, please don't take it for granted! Everyone needs to just slow down a bit and realize that!!


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