I'm passing on the word from SBN: http://www.sportbikes.net/forums/showthread.php?p=37672#post37672
It's a little long.
It's a little long.
Posted by gsxR1000_guy on SBN
07/09/04 approx 3:30-4:00am a buddy and myself were traveling down rt20 (lake st.) westbound in Elgin,IL (after the villa exit, before the 25 exit) doing the speed limit, (he was a new rider; I was taking him out on one of my bikes to get some practice in when traffic was less dense) 55 MPH when a DRUNKEN ******* plowed into my friend from behind doing at least 100+ MPH!!! As we were riding along I remember the last time checking on him in my mirror, I saw the bike on it's side sliding along the road, and I could hear the scraping sound it was making, as I continued to glance in the mirror the bike was actually about to PASS me as it was sliding on it's side! In fear for myself at this point in time I nailed the throttle to attempt to get out of harms way fearing the bike would take me down too! I then slowed when I knew the bike that was sliding on the ground no longer posed a threat to myself! Being so far away from where my buddy was I decided it would be best to exit and "double back" rather than try to run all that way back to him, so I hit the brakes and took the very next exit (25) to double back. At this point and time I still had not known what really happened, I did not know that he was actually hit by a car (I did think; "well maybe because he is new, that it could have been his fault") as I was exiting I did something I *NEVER* do, and god only knows why, I glanced OUT of my turn, looked back to the main road to see a (newer) silver VW passat with pretty severe front end/front right end damage and smoking like a chimney! (why did I not give chase, I was already more than half way through the exit ramp, and being so concerned about my buddy it was a VERY tough split second decision). I flew down the opposite side of the e-way (road/rt20) turned around again, and flew back up and finally to what seemed like an eternity made it back to where my buddy was standing on the side of the road! I repeatedly asked how he was and requested that he remain still. Luckily there were two witnesess that pulled over to his aid (even before I got there of course) in a BMW that had just came from the cadillac ranch, They said they saw the WHOLE THING! (my thanks goes out to you guys again if you happen to see this) They insisted the guy was drunk (because of how severely he was swearving)(and that he most likely came from "the ranch" like they had [except they were responsible enuff to not drink and drive]) and they also estimated his speed around 100+ MPH when he just plowed into the rear of my buddy on the bike! As my buddy recalls he recalls riding along, then sustaining a severe impact from the rear, was NOT immediatley ejected rather the car "rode" the bike & him along (for who knows how far/many hundreds of feet) before the car and him & the bike becoming seperated! (that right there supports how fast he was going,,, think about it,,, after he hit the bike, the bike was about to PASS me as it was sliding on it's side!!!) The DRUNKEN ******* never even so much as slowed down !!! The elgin police,,, WHAT A JOKE,,, the one cop started to question me asking me how fast we were going, when i replied the speed limit, around 55-60 MPH his reply was ********,,, to that I basically replied that I am telling him the truth and he should appreciate it, again he relpied ********,,, that just totally began to piss me off really, so I told him that I was telling him the truth, he should appreciate it, and if he was smart enuff he would be able to tell by the damage to the bike what we were saying was true, got so pissed I told him to suck my d^©k turned around and walked away from him! another cop much later on told us how "we might not catch the guy" "hes prolly long gone by now" WHAT **** OFFS!!! ****ING LAZY ASS POLICE!!! they didn't seem like they actually were going to do anything they seem like **** OFFS!!! I have been attempting to get the media involved (channel 2,5,7,9,32) newspapers, radiostations, you name it to try to catch this DRUNKEN *******!!! I called all the body shops in the area that I could find, I called all the VW dealers that I could find, I called VW roadside assistance (they werent much help [but that would be a really easy way to catch him if the idiot called for a roadside assistance after the fact] they said the police would have to call them) I went to "the ranch" and notified one of the bouncers what had happened, and he said he would do whatever he can to help including spreading the word around as much as he can. Now I am going to post everywhere I can on "the web". as far as my buddy he has been released from the hospital (and I am not good with medical terms) but he does have a spinal injury!!!! has been released put on pain killers and referred to a specialist. So *ANYONE* that can be of *ANY* help, from calling and bothering the media to help us get a story, to just spreading the word around and keeping an eye out for the vehicle involved, it would be *GREATLY* appreciated!!!!!!!!!!!
once again the vehicle involved was a (newer) SILVER VW PASSAT that has considerable front end/front right end damage (that was smoking like a chimney [so he prolly blew his radiator]) the person was alone and had no passengers according to the witnesses.
Posted by gsxR1000_guy on SBN
also I am/have been attempting to get media coverage, however channel 7 has been the only channel to actually call me back, said they would call me back again, and have yet to do so. So I would appreciate anyone that can send them an e-mail to help "bother" them into doing a story... for anyone who is interested in sending an e-mail, it can be sent to ABC7 news chicago through their website at : http://abclocal.go.com/wls/news/wls_contactform.html send to: ABC7 Investigative Team
I know it does say (in red) that story suggestions are not accepted through the website/email, however not having access to a fax personally this was how I recieved a call in the first place. Maybe this *does* have something to do with why they have not done a story yet I dont know... However it does say (if you have a fax available) to send a fax to the ABC7 news planners @ (312) 899-8019... I also personally think maybe sending both an e-mail *and* a fax (if at all possible) will actually be the best thing to do to get them to do a story (hey it's just *another* way to "bother" them into doing the story) so anyone that is willng to help in this aspect as well, I *GREATLY* appreciate it ! ! ! ! !