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updated: 8/5/2014 7:48 PM

Sycamore man dies after crash involving two motorcycles

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By Safiya Merchant
smerchant@dailyherald.com

A Sycamore man died Sunday as a result of a crash involving two motorcycles.

John A. Beach II, 22, of the 13N100 block of Engel Road in Sycamore, died at about 2:50 a.m. Sunday, according to a Kane County sheriff's office news release.

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Hampshire police and Kane County sheriff's deputies responded Friday to Allen Road east of Walker Road in unincorporated Hampshire Township for a crash involving two motorcycles, according to the news release.

Beach was riding one of the motorcycles. The other motorcycle was driven by 26-year-old Benjamin Fletcher of the 43W000 block of Carletta Lane in Elgin.

Both motorcyclists had been going west on Allen Road, and they were not wearing helmets.

After the motorcyclists were taken to an Elgin hospital, they were flown to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge with potential life-threatening injuries, the sheriff's office said.

After the accident, Fletcher was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and operating an uninsured motor vehicle, but he was released on an I-bond before going to Lutheran General.

The crash is still being investigated.

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