Posted on Apr 05, 2012

A head-on collision on Sunday evening, March 18, took the life of a 21-year-old motorcyclist and seriously injured the driver of the other vehicle.

According to the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Police, Michael A. Fischer was riding his 2001 Harley-Davidson motorcycle on a rural county road south of Winnebago. At about 9:30 p.m., in the 9300 block of Kelley Road, Fischer’s bike crashed head-on into a 1987 Pontiac Fiero. Fischer, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown from his motorcycle. Emergency personnel pronounced him dead at the scene at 11:02 p.m. Sunday night.

The Winnebago County Coroner’s Office conducted blood tests on the accident victims. The results of these tests indicate that Fischer was intoxicated at the time of the accident.

Deputy Chief Scott Meyers said that the cause of the Winnebago motorcycle accident is not known and is under investigation. He stated that the Pontiac may have crossed the center line, and a crash reconstruction would be necessary to determine the circumstances of the accident. Results of such a reconstruction may take up to two weeks.

The 17-year-old man driving the car was seriously injured in the accident and was airlifted to an area hospital.

No charges have been filed in the case.

Fischer worked for NPL Construction in Chicago and was a member of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local #597.

We would like to express our condolences to the family and friends of Michael Fischer. We also pray for the recovery of the young driver involved in this horrible crash.