A motorcycle rider from Wisconsin was out on his 1984 Honda Gold Wing presumably enjoying a ride down Highway 45. Seemingly without regard for the fact that he could become involved in a motorcycle crash, the rider was speeding and crossed into the oncoming lane of traffic in order to pass a vehicle in front of him that was moving more slowly than he was. When he crossed into the opposite lane of travel over a double yellow line, he did so into the path of another vehicle.
That southbound vehicle was not able to get out of the motorcycle's way and the two collided almost head-on. The motorcycle rider was fatally injured in the crash. The driver of the southbound vehicle had to be taken to an area hospital by helicopter after sustaining severe, but reportedly not life threatening injuries.
That driver's current condition is not known. The rider of the motorcycle was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. Authorities are unsure whether alcohol was a factor in the crash and have taken toxicology samples in order to make that determination. Other known factors are speeding, improper overtaking and driving left of center.
The hospitalized woman will undoubtedly have numerous medical bills and possibly lost wages as a result of this motorcycle crash. Even though the motorcycle rider died as a result of his injuries, Wisconsin law allows for the woman to file a personal injury suit against the estate of the person deemed responsible for the crash. In this case, that appears to have been the man on the motorcycle.
Source: Kenosha News, "Motorcyclist killed in crash identified," Jessica Tuttle, May 9, 2013