There was a motorcycle crash in Kankakee Sunday that killed a 55-year-old man. Cameron Wells of Kankakee suffered fatal injuries when his cycle collided with an SUV. It happened at Court Street and Nelson Avenue around 4 pm. Emergency personnel report Wells was operating the motorcycle and turning from Nelson onto Court Street when the collision occurred.
The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced I-57 traffic will be closed during overnight hours this week. The interstate will close from 8 pm until 5:30 am while work crews install I-beams for a new bridge under construction on Larry Power Road. Southbound traffic will follow a detour from Bourbonnais Parkway to Route 50 then return to the interstate at exit ramp 315. The northbound traffic will direct to Route 50 to Bourbonnais parkway. Motorists are advised to use caution.
A 77-year-old Dwight motorcyclist died as a result of a two-vehicle crash Saturday north of Pontiac. The victim hasn't been identified pending famly notification. Illinois State Police and the Livingston County Coroner investigated just after 4 pm. 20-year-old Tyler Blackard of Pontiac was westbound on 1830 N and failed to stop at the intersection of U.S. Route 66. Blackard was ticketed for failure to yield at a stopped intersection and failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash.The intersection was closed for approximately four hours.
In Ford County --- the Coroner's Office identified a woman killed Friday evening near Paxton. 23-year-old Leondra Hopkins of Champaign died in a single-vehicle crash. The woman and a passenger were southbound on I-57 approaching a construction zone. Police said Hopkins lost control when the lanes merged into one. The vehicle rolled several times. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident happened around 6:30 pm.
A private family funeral service is arranged for James "Jim" Seabert of Martinton. He passed away June 12 at his home. The 69-year-old Seabert was fire chief in Martinton for 16 years. He was a 30-year member of the department.and also served as a Martinton Town Board member for 16 years.
The private celebration of life is available for viewing at 2 pm Saturday at the Martinton Church of Christ Facebook page.
Jim is survived by his wife, Sue, one daughter, Stacey Lareau, 8 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, one brother, Gail Seabert and 2 sisters, Gladys Zeller and Gloria Bossert.
George Washington Jr., a long-time member of the Kankakee County Board, has died. He was 81. Washington was a Democratic member of the Board since 1984. At one time he served as Vice-Chairman. He was the voice for the city of Kankakee’s east side.
County Board Chairman Andy Wheeler said George will certainly be missed. “He was a voice of reason; always ready and willing to reach across the aisle to do what’s right and get it done.” Wheeler said “his leadership and presence was always noticed.”
Former City Alderman, Steve Hunter, called Washington “a true statesman, an honorable man.” Hunter said “George always knew the issues.”
A native of Louisiana, Washington Jr. moved to the Chicago area then to Kankakee where he became involved in all kinds of civic efforts. Washington was one of the original staff members of the Pembroke Township Community Action Program, which was the forerunner to the Kankakee Community Action Program. He also served on the Pembroke Consolidated School District board of education. He also worked as Chief of Corrections with Kankakee County.