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Driver charged after crashing into motorcyclist near Woodstock

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The driver of an SUV that crashed into a motorcyclist in unincorporated northwest suburban Woodstock has been charged with drunk driving.

Robert Harney, 72, of Woodstock was driving his 2006 Chevrolet Suburban south at 12:26 p.m. on Route 47 near Hercules Road when he failed to stop as traffic slowed, according to the McHenry County sheriff’s office.

Harney crashed into a 2016 Harley Davidson motorcycle driven south by a 51-year-old Hoffman Estates man, the sheriff’s office said. The motorcyclist then crashed into the rear of a 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe.

The motorcyclist, who was not wearing a helmet, was flown to Condell Medical Center in Libertyville where he condition stabilized, the sheriff’s office said. He was being treated for injuries that were not life threatening.

Harney was treated for minor injuries and taken into the custody of the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department, the office said. He was charged with a felony count of driving under the influence of alcohol causing great bodily injury and was being held at the McHenry County Corrections Facility.

Route 47 was closed for more than four hours while the crash was investigated, the sheriff’s office said.