ROCKFORD (WIFR) – Police say alcohol was a factor in last night’s fatal motorcycle accident.
We’re told the victim, 25-year-old George Foster, who friends and family members say goes by “Jason”, was struck by a minivan trying to make a left turn at the intersection of Weaver and Perryville. Foster was wearing a helmet but it came off in the collision. The driver of the van, Brad Carlson of Rockford has been charged with a DUI.
Foster’s family says they’re devastated over the loss of their loved one who they describe as a guy who would help anyone in need. We spoke with Jason’s sister who says her baby brother will be missed.
To the world he was known as George, but to his friends and family, he’ll always be Jason.
“His dad wanted to name him George after a great-great-Grandfather and my mom wanted to name him Jason and he’s been Jason ever since, he was too lazy to change it.
Jason’s sister Nicole can still hear her brother’s voice in heard.
“I could call him anytime and “what you doing? ’Nothing.’”
She even got a missed call from him hours before he was killed, she says she heard the tragic news from a friend.
“All she said was have you heard about your brother? And I started bawling.”
Nicole says Jason will be missed by family and friends. Many of them changed their Facebook profile pictures to photos of themselves with Jason.
“I love him. He’s my baby brother.”
Family and friends are planning to hold a candlelight vigil for Jason tonight at 8:30 at the intersection where he was killed.
UPDATE: The driver of one of the vehicles is being charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after being involved in a fatal accident in Rockford Thursday night.
Before 9:30 p.m., police say Rockford resident Bradley Carlson was turning west from Perryville Road onto Weaver Road in a mini-van when it hit a motorcycle traveling southbound on Perryville Road.
Machesney Park resident George Foster, also known as Jason Foster, was taken to a local hospital. He was pronounced dead there.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- First responders are on the scene of a fatal motorcycle accident. It happened shortly after 9pm Thursday at Perryville and Weaver Roads near RBI's bar. We're told a motorcycle and car collided. The motorcycle driver was transported to the hospital, where he died from his injuries.