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Motorcyclist killed in Edens Expressway crash

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A motorcyclist was killed in a crash early Sunday on the Edens Expressway on the Northwest Side, according to Illinois State Police.

Hector Virella, 45, was driving a 1998 black Honda motorcycle “at a high rate of speed” at 3:10 a.m. north in the outbound lanes of the Interstate 94 near Wilson Avenue when he lost control, veered left onto the shoulder and struck the wall, police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. No other vehicles were involved.

Virella, of the Belmont Gardens neighborhood, was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 3:38 a.m., authorities said. No other injuries were reported.

Outbound lanes of the expressway were closed to traffic in the area until 6 a.m., police said.