Name Of Motorcyclist In Fatal Accident Released

(MT. VERNON, IL) — Authorities have released the identity of a 44-year-old Mt. Vernon motorcyclist killed Sunday in a crash with a semi-truck in Mt. Vernon. A preliminary investigation says that around 8 p.m. Sunday, the 73-year-old driver of the semi pulled off Interstate 57 at Exit 94, decided to re-enter the highway, didn’t stop at the stop sign, and pulled into the path of a motorcycle driven by Donald Christopher Hopkins. Hopkins’ motorcycle was westbound on Veteran’s Memorial Drive at Exit 94 of Interstate 57. Hopkins collided with the back of the truck and was pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver, who is from Ohio, was cited for failure to yield. The accident remains under investigation. An accident reconstructionist was called in and a further report will be issued at a later date.