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Sycamore motorcyclist hurt in crash

Published: Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 2:42 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 11:52 p.m. CDT

HAMPSHIRE TOWNSHIP – Alcohol appears to have played a role in a motorcycle accident Friday that resulted in potentially life-threatening injuries for two men, Kane County Undersheriff Pat Gengler said.

John Beach, 22, of the 13N100 block of Engel Road, Sycamore, and Benjamin Fletcher, 26, of the 43W000 block of Carletta Lane, Elgin, were flown from Presence St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin to Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge following a crash in unincorporated Hampshire Township, he said.

Kane County sheriff's deputies and Hampshire police responded to Allen Road east of Walker Road about 1:50 a.m. for a report of two motorcycles involved in a crash.

Authorities believe the men were traveling together, Gengler said, but authorities don't know what caused the crash.

"[We] probably need more of the physical evidence to tell us what happened," he said.

As of Friday afternoon, the crash remained under investigation. Gengler said neither man was wearing a helmet.

Fletcher was charged with two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol and operating an uninsured vehicle. He reportedly was released on a no-cash bond at St. Joseph before being flown to Lutheran General.

Beach had not been charged with anything as of Friday afternoon, Gengler said.

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