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2 dead in separate Will County motorcycle crashes over the weekend

Two men died Sunday after the motorcycles they were riding hit other vehicles in two separate crashes.

Jose C. Nieto, 31, of Joliet collided with another vehicle while he was on a motorcycle near the intersection of Washington and Briggs streets, according to a news release from the Will County Coroner’s Office. When police arrived, Nieto was reportedly lying on the ground, while a bystander performed CPR, Joliet police Sgt. Christopher Botzum said.

He was transported to Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox with severe head injuries but was pronounced dead at 1:52 p.m. Sunday.

Police later determined Nieto had turned north onto Briggs from Washington at a high rate of speed, lost control, crossed the center line and hit a vehicle heading south. No one was injured in the other vehicle. Nieto was not wearing a helmet, Botzum said.

In Manhattan, Kenneth L. Markel, 62, of New Lenox crashed while he was on a motorcycle near Pauling and Cedar roads, the coroner’s office said.

Steven Klein, 33, of Coal City was reportedly driving a Jeep Liberty east on Pauling when he failed to stop for a stop sign, Will County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer said. Markel tried to brake to avoid hitting the Jeep but slid into it, causing the vehicle to roll over, police said.

When deputies arrived, Manhattan fire crews told them Markel was unresponsive and not breathing. He was pronounced dead at 5:07 p.m. at Silver Cross Hospital.

Klein and a female passenger refused medical treatment. Klein was charged with aggravated driving while license revoked, disobeying a stop sign and failure to reduce speed.

A man and woman traveling with Markel witnessed the incident, police said.

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