A 26-year-old Wheeling man and a passenger on his motorcycle died early Sunday after the vehicle went out of control along southbound Milwaukee Avenue in Wheeling and struck a utility box.
Police are investigating the crash, which occurred about 3:07 a.m. near Milwaukee's intersection with Center Avenue.
Killed were motorcycle driver Sean Meyer, 26, and Justine Randall, 23, police said.
Meyer's father, Michael Meyer of Antioch, said his son was a graduate of Warren Township High School and worked as a laborer for A.D. Bush Concrete Construction Co. in Northbrook.
Michael Meyer said he had learned his son was driving south on Milwaukee Avenue when he apparently lost control near the Rise & Dine Pancake House, went through a bush and hit a utility box, which is where his body was found.
He described Randall as a close friend of his son, saying the two frequently hung out together.
"(Sean) liked to snowboard. He liked pets. He liked going for walks and fishing in the river. He lived near the Des Plaines River," Michael Meyer said. "He liked people."
Police said Randall was pronounced dead at the scene. Meyer was taken to Glenbrook Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival, according to police.
The crash is under investigation by the Wheeling Police Department's crash investigation unit, the Lake County Major Crash Assistance Team and the Cook County medical examiner's office.
Deputy Chief John Teevans said investigators are working to determine the cause of the crash and whether speed or alcohol were factors. Both victims died as a result of multiple injuries from the crash, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner.