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Crown Point man dies following motorcycle crash on the square

A damaged motorcycle sits at the northeast corner of the Crown Point square Saturday afternoon after a two-vehicle crash. The motorcycle rider — Lukasz Giertler, 25, of  Crown Point — died of injuries sustained in the crash, police said.

CROWN POINT | A 25-year-old Crown Point man died as a result of injuries suffered in a motorcycle crash on the square there Sunday, officials said.

Lukasz Giertler of the 600 block of W. Joliet St., was pronounced dead at 5:22 p.m. Sunday at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, the Cook County medical examiner's office said.

Crown Point Police Chief Pete Land said officers were called Sunday afternoon to the crash scene at Main and Clark Streets on the northeast corner of the downtown square. 

The preliminary investigation shows Giertler, who was driving the motorcycle at the time of the crash, was traveling north on Main Street and a 2007 Honda passenger vehicle was traveling south.

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Giertler's motorcycle hit the Honda when the Honda made a left turn onto Clark Street in front of him, Land said. The driver of the Honda — a 16-year-old St. John girl — was not injured.

Giertler was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn with serious head trauma and died later that night, officials said.

Land said the accident remains under investigation and could take weeks to complete.

"The department's crash investigators are continuing to interview witnesses, review available video images of the crash and complete a computer analysis of the scene," Land said in a statement issued Wednesday.

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