Retired police officer dies following motorcycle crash

By WEEK Producer

Retired police officer dies following motorcycle crash

October 8, 2013 Updated Oct 8, 2013 at 11:36 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Retired police officer Joe Spears has died following a motorcycle crash late last month.

The Peoria County Coroner confirms that Spears passed at 6:07 a.m. at OSF St. Francis Medical Center.

He was admitted to OSF following a multi-vehicle crash on September 28.

Police said Spears was riding his motorcycle around 12:15 p.m. on Route 150 near Gills when he stopped behind a car waiting to make a left turn.

A second car stopped behind Spears but a fourth car could not stop in time and hit the vehicles.

The Peoria County Coroner said Spears died of head injuries he suffered in the crash.

Joe Spears is the brother of Peoria County Circuit Clerk Robert Spears, former Peoria City Councilman Bill Spears and Jimmy Spears, the owner of Jimmy's Bar in West Peoria.

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