Portion of Orchard Road will be closed Thursday

Daily Herald Report
Updated 9/30/2013 9:13 PM

A portion of Orchard Road in Aurora will be closed Thursday morning so accident investigators can recreate a motorcycle and SUV crash that happened over the weekend, police say.

The crash occurred at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Orchard and Jericho. Police say a preliminary investigation shows that an SUV driven by Mary C. Betz, 42, of the 1800 Cambridge Lane, Montgomery, was heading northbound on Orchard.


Police believe Betz made a left-hand turn at Jericho in front of motorcyclist Michael A. Bradley, 21, of the 100 block of Franklin Avenue in Aurora, who was heading southbound.

Bradley was airlifted to a suburban hospital and is expected to survive.

Both drivers were cited for no insurance. Betz received a ticket for failure to yield while turning left. Bradley received a ticket for operating a motorcycle without valid classification.

Heavy rains that evening prevented officers from completing an investigation, police said.

In order to do so, they'll close the southbound lanes of Orchard between Prairie Street and Jericho Road from 10 and 11 a.m. Thursday morning. Then they'll close the northbound lanes between Jericho and Aucutt Road from 11 a.m. to noon.

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