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Motorcycle Accident Kills East Peoria Man


A Thursday motorcycle accident near Smithville has claimed the life of an East Peoria man.

69-year-old Jackie (Jack) L. Elam died after his Harley-Davidson trike entered a ditch and overturned just before 3:00 p.m.

Officials say Elam was traveling westbound on Smithville Road near Martin Weber Road when he apparently lost control of the three-wheel bike.

Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood says Elam was not wearing a helmet and died of blunt force injuries.