One person is dead, and another person remains hospitalized following a motorcycle accident near Pere Marquette State Park on Saturday night. 43 year old Barbara Steckel of Bethalto was a passenger on the bike and died at the scene, while the driver 47 year old Peter Lavite of Wood River suffered serious injuries.
Illinois State Police report the crash occurred on Illinois Route 100 about a mile and a half north of the park around 8pm on Saturday. Police say the bike was traveling south on the roadway when the driver lost control for an unknown reason, hit loose gravel and slid under a guardrail ejecting the passengers. Steckel was pronounced dead at the scene, and Lavite was airlifted to a hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries. Authorities say there was a delay releasing all the crash information until family members were notified.