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Motorcyclist killed in crash near McHenry

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A 55-year-old motorcyclist was killed when his bike crashed into a tree Sunday evening near northwest suburban McHenry.

Leonard W. Jensen III was riding a 2010 Harley Davidson west on Ringwood Road near Meadowhill Lane when the bike left the road to the north and struck a tree at 6:46 p.m., according to the McHenry County sheriff’s and coroner’s offices.

Jensen, a McHenry resident, was taken to Centegra Hospital in McHenry, where he was pronounced dead at 7:30 p.m., according to the sheriff’s office. An autopsy found he died of blunt force injuries to the chest.

He was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, according to the sheriff’s office.

The intersection of Ringwood and Meadowhill was closed for several hours, according to the sheriff’s office. The sheriff’s Major Crash Investigations Unit is handling the crash.

Another fatal motorcycle crash happened about an hour later at River and Charles Miller roads near McHenry.

“I think this is a forewarning about the dangers of motorcycles—our high traffic volume, rural roads, the likelihood of more motorcycles on the roads—as the weather improves,” Coroner Dr. Anne Majewski said in a statement.