EDWARDSVILLE — Madison County Coroner Stephen P. Nonn is reporting an investigation into a motorcycle crash that claimed the life of a 45-year-old Jerseyville man Tuesday afternoon.
In a press release, Nonn said Lester E. Ames, 45, of the 19000 block of Darren Lane, Jerseyville, was operating a 2007 Kawasaki R1 when he lost control of the motorcycle and struck the guardrail on the eastbound ramp of Interstate 270 from Illinois 203 in Granite City. Ames was transported from the scene by ambulance to Gateway Regional Medical Emergency Room in Granite City. Ames was pronounced dead at 3:51 p.m. Tuesday March 11, by the emergency room physician. Ames was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
Ames died as the result of blunt chest trauma. Routine toxicology testing will be performed. The incident remains under investigation by the Illinois State Police.
Funeral arrangements are pending under the direction of Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville.