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updated: 9/12/2012 7:23 PM

Vernon Hills man, 27, dies in Chicago motorcycle crash

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A 27-year-old Vernon Hills man died shortly after colliding with a vehicle while riding a motorcycle in Chicago Wednesday morning, according to police.

Alex Vilk was driving east on Belmont Avenue in Chicago's Avondale neighborhood when a westbound vehicle made a left turn in front of him onto Kedzie Avenue about 9 a.m., police said.

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Vilk's motorcycle struck the rear of the vehicle, and he was thrown from the bike, said Chicago police spokesman Dan O'Brien.

Paramedics transported Vilk to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center about three miles away, where he was pronounced dead at 9:28 a.m., according to a Cook County medical examiner's office spokesman. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.

The Chicago Police Department Major Accident Investigation Unit is investigating the crash.

Police said the driver of the vehicle that turned in front of Vilk was issued at least one citation, but no further information was available.

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