Officials of the Harper College revealed in a press release that a woman lost her life during a motorcycle safety training course in Palatine, Illinois, on Saturday, October 3rd. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as 66-year-old Carol Counelis of Winfield.
The accident report disclosed that the college offers the course on behalf of the Illinois Department of Transportation. The woman participated in the Three-Wheel Basic Rider Course, a 20-hour classroom and on-cycle motorcycle class.
The class was scheduled for three days, and the crash happened around 1 p.m. The report did not state the events leading to the accident, but it revealed that medics took Counelis to Northwestern Community Hospital in Arlington Heights.
Medical personnel at the hospital pronounced the victim dead around 2:05 p.m. The President of the college, Dr. Avis Proctor, extended the school’s heartfelt and sincere condolences to Counelis’ family and friends.
The investigation into the cause of the occurrence is ongoing, headed by the Harper College Police Department, with assistance from the Palatine Police. There is no additional information.
The Illinois Basic Rider Course provides development and practice for four fundamental riding skills. They include straight-line riding, turning, shifting, and stopping. After honing the preceding, the trainee learns advanced turning, braking, and swerving techniques.
Trainees also learn and practice the mental skills needed to develop street-riding strategies and the ability to navigate special situations. Eligibility is from 16 years and above, and for those who hold a valid driver’s license or permit.
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