Carl Sheard Sr, age 44, of East St. Louis and his daughter, Anora Sheard, age 11 were riding with a group of motorcyclists at the rear on Route 3. Investigators say it appears that Sheard Sr. crossed the center line on the curve known as “Dead Man’s Curve.” The car involved in the head on collision ran off the road, while the motorcycle came to rest in the oncoming traffic lane.
The driver of the car and the five passengers suffered minor injuries. Upon investigation, Brooklyn Police Chief Tony Tomlinson said the driver was an 18-year-old woman who did not possess a driver’s license and knew the Sheard family.
An investigation is currently underway to determine who was responsible, but at the time findings suggest it was motorcycle that crossed the center line.
“Dead Man’s Curve” got its name after crashes continued to occur on the curves of the two lane stretch of road. Police Chief Tomlinson described the scene of the crash as “chaotic” with three ambulances and more than 70 motorcyclists of the club called the Drifters found out that one of their members had been injured.
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