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Chicago man found dead after motorcycle crash in Joliet

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A Chicago man was found dead Friday morning after crashing his motorcycle near southwest suburban Joliet.

A truck driver flagged down deputies at 6:16 a.m. Friday on Route 52 and Cherry Hill Road in Joliet Township, and said he saw a motorcycle in a corn field on the south side of Route 52, according to the Will County sheriff’s office.

The motorcycle was found about 50 feet off the road, and 48-year-old Michael Vlasic was found nearby in a ditch, according to the sheriff’s office. Vlasic, a Chicago resident, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The investigation found that Vlasic was heading south on Cherry Hill Road when he lost control of the motorcycle, struck a curb and left the road, according to the sheriff’s office. The exact time of the crash remained under investigation Monday.

Preliminary autopsy results Saturday determined he died of multiple injuries he suffered in the crash, according to the Will County coroner’s office.