Police kept busy with two motorcycle accidents in Washington

Donelle Pardee Whiting

Police warn motorists to take extra caution while driving after two motorcycle accidents occurred in Washington.

The accidents both occurred at the intersection of Nofsinger Road and Route 24 (Boyd Highway) within hours of each other.

Robert F. Schwiderski, 65, of Washington was riding his 2008 Harley-Davidson at about 6 p.m. March 12, according to reports.

As Schwiderski headed west on U.S. Route 24, a 16-year-old boy driving north on Nofsinger Road pulled out in front of him, police said, adding the boy’s car and Schwiderski’s motorcycle collided.

Schwiderski, who was wearing a helmet, was treated and released Thursday from OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.

The youth, also from Washington, was not injured. He was ticketed for failure to yield.

At 7:05 a.m. Thursday, another motorcyclist, Jason M. Anderson, 23, of Peoria was hit by a vehicle at Nofsinger Road as he rode east on Route 24.

The car’s driver, Matthew J. Liening, 30, of Washington was traveling north on Nofsinger Road when he pulled out in front of Anderson, according to police. He was not injured.

Anderson was not wearing a helmet, and was taken to OSF Saint Francis. The accident is under investigation.

A Washington officer on the scene said Anderson was riding a Suzuki motorcycle.

Police chief Jim Kuchenbecker said that although both accidents occurred within Washington jurisdiction, Illinois State Police agreed to handle the reports.

In Anderson’s accident, Kuchenbecker said, the state police had an accident reconstructionist investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.

He added that Washington does not have the necessary manpower at this time.