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IMFR founder dies in motorcycle accident

Cutrano was instrumental in development of Freedom Wall

One of the men behind the Illinois Motorcycle Freedom Run was killed Sunday afternoon in a motorcycle accident near Seneca.

Anthony R. Cutrano, 52, of Palos Heights, Ill., was pronounced dead at the accident scene by Grundy County Coroner John Callahan. The crash occurred around 3 p.m. Sunday, May 27, on U.S. 6, two-tenths of a mile north of Bluff Road, in the area known as Holderman's Hill.

With Jerry Kuczera, Cutrano was a co-founder of the IMFR and the Middle Eastern Conflicts Wall Memorial, which overlooks the Illinois River at Marseilles. The Freedom Wall, as the memorial is known, is a granite memorial commemorating the nation's military personnel who have died in Middle Eastern conflicts since the mid- to late 1970s.

The names of approximately 8,500 military heroes are engraved on the 11 granite panels that make up the memorial wall. The wall is to be re-dedicated during the 10th annual Illinois Motorcycle Freedom Run on Saturday, June 16.

Cutrano's death was announced to IMFR members in a simple statement posted to  http://ilmotorcyclefreedomrun.org and attributed to the organizations secretary. "It is with the deepest sadness that I have to tell you our co-founder Tony Cutrano was killed last night, May 27th. There are no details at present," it reads.

"Tony did so much and gave so much and he will be missed by so many people. This has been a shock and more will follow. May God bless you and keep you Tony. Rest in peace with all the fallen whom you loved so much."

According to a prepared statement from Callahan, preliminary investigations into the Sunday afternoon crash indicate Cutrano was northeast bound, coming into the inclined curve, when his Harley-Davidson motorcycle came in contact with the guardrail on the east side of the roadway. The motorcycle traveled approximately 300 feet along the guardrail before Cutrano was ejected off the vehicle.

The investigation by Callahan's office and the Seneca Police Department is continuing. Seneca Fire and EMS also assisted at the crash scene.

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