Peoria Heights resident killed in motorcycle accident

By WEEK Reporter

August 10, 2012 Updated Aug 10, 2012 at 6:17 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- A Peoria Heights man is dead following a Friday morning motorcycle accident.

The Peoria County Coroner says that 25-year-old Marcus Shipman died from injuries he sustained in a crash on War Memorial Drive.

Authorities say Shipman was traveling westbound on War Memorial when his motorcycle left the roadway and he was ejected in an area around Grand Street.  A passerby notified police shortly after 3 a.m. Friday morning.

Shipman was pronounced dead at OSF St. Francis Medical Center about a half hour later.

The Coroner said that Shipman's vehicle ended up against a garage.  Authorities say the victim was not wearing a helmet.

His family told authorities that while Marcus Shipman was a somewhat experienced rider, he had just acquired the motorcycle late Thursday evening.

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