Des Plaines man, 21, still in critical condition after motorcycle crash

 
 
Updated 4/30/2015 6:10 PM
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  • Part of the motorcycle rests on the sidewalk Wednesday night.

      Part of the motorcycle rests on the sidewalk Wednesday night. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • The impact damaged a minivan at Mount Prospect and Golf roads in Des Plaines Wednesday evening.

      The impact damaged a minivan at Mount Prospect and Golf roads in Des Plaines Wednesday evening. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • A police officer takes photos at the scene of a crash between a minivan and a motorcycle at Mount Prospect and Golf roads in Des Plaines Wednesday evening.

      A police officer takes photos at the scene of a crash between a minivan and a motorcycle at Mount Prospect and Golf roads in Des Plaines Wednesday evening. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • A police officer inspects the scene of a crash between a minivan and a motorcycle Wednesday evening in Des Plaines.

      A police officer inspects the scene of a crash between a minivan and a motorcycle Wednesday evening in Des Plaines. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

A 21-year-old Des Plaines motorcyclist remains hospitalized in critical condition Thursday after suffering serious injuries in a crash with a minivan, police said.

Michael Fudala was driving at a "high rate of speed" when his motorcycle struck a minivan at Mount Prospect and Golf roads just before 7 p.m. Wednesday, police said.

The motorcycle, a blue Kawasaki Ninja, was traveling south on Mount Prospect Road, while the minivan had partially turned left from north Mount Prospect onto west Golf, police said.

Fudala, who was wearing a helmet, was ejected from the motorcycle, Sgt. Dan Shanahan said. The impact sent debris scatting across the intersection and heavily damaged the minivan's front end.

Paramedics rushed Fudala to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, where he was in the surgical intensive care unit Thursday, Shanahan said.

Police said there's no indication either driver was intoxicated. Investigators are still reconstructing the crash, but believe speed was a factor.

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