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Woman dies after crash during Illinois motorcycle safety training

Woman dies after crash during Illinois motorcycle safety training

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PALANTINE — A suburban Chicago woman has died from injuries she suffered when her motorcycle crashed as she was taking part in a weekend motorcycle safety training course at Harper College.

The woman was identified by the Cook County medical examiner’s office as Carol Counelis, 66 of Winfield, the Chicago Tribune reported.

She died Saturday afternoon at a hospital about an hour after she was involved in a single-vehicle motorcycle crash in a parking lot at the Palatine campus, college spokeswoman Kimberly Pohl said.

The crash occurred when the motorcycle hit a curb and Counelis was ejected from the motorcycle, Pohl said. She was wearing a helmet, which is one of the program requirements, Pohl said.

Counelis was participating in a motorcycle safety training class offered at the college through the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Cycle Rider Safety Training Program. Students enrolled in the three-wheel basic rider course were midway through day two of the three-day class when the accident occurred, Pohl said.

“On behalf of the entire Harper College community, I want to extend my sincerest condolences to her family and friends,” the college’s president, Avis Proctor, said in a statement.

The crash is being investigated by campus police with assistance from the Palatine Police Department.

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