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Motorcyclist dies in crash

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MOUNT PLEASANT — A 20-year-old Racine man was killed Thursday morning after a collision with a semi-trailer near an Interstate 94 on-ramp.

Maximiliano Penaloza Ferreira was identified as the man killed in the crash, which happened at the intersection of Highway 20 and the on-ramp to northbound Interstate 94 about 7:30 a.m., according to Mount Pleasant police.

Ferreira was reportedly riding his motorcycle westbound on Highway 20 and approaching the stoplight as the semi trailer attempted a left turn from the eastbound lanes.

The motorcycle hit the right side of the semi, police said in a news release.

Flight for Life landed but did not transport Ferreira, who died at the scene, according to police.

Police believe Ferreira, who was wearing a helmet, was traveling at a high rate of speed.

Alcohol and drugs are not believed to be a factor in the crash, which the Mount Pleasant Police Department is still investigating.

The semi driver, a 65-year-old Michigan man employed by Wheeler Trucking., was not injured, according to police.

The crash closed westbound Highway 20 traffic Thursday from about 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

In addition to Mount Pleasant police, the Wisconsin State Patrol and Racine County Sheriff’s Office and South Shore Fire Department responded to the scene.

Thursday’s incident marks the 13th fatality from motor vehicle crashes in Racine County this year. Five of those people died in motorcycle crashes, according to the county Medical Examiner’s Office.

“These things are happening way too often,” Mount Pleasant police Capt. Paul Maccari said. “We just implore people to slow down ... please use caution.”


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