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Minooka man dies in golf cart accident

Jumped from vehicle at South Wilmington Fireman's Club

MINOOKA – A 35-year-old Minooka man has died after an accident at South Wilmington Fireman’s Club this past weekend.

Jason Clearwater died of injuries he sustained after getting off the back of a golf cart designed for multiple passengers on Saturday evening, said Grundy County Sheriff Kevin Callahan. Initially, Callahan had misinformed the Morris Daily Herald that the vehicle involved had been an ATV and that Clearwater had jumped off the back of it.

The sheriff’s department assisted South Wilmington Fire Department at the scene. Callahan said that, according to the police report, Clearwater fell and hit his head.

He was unconscious when EMS arrived and transported him to Morris Hospital. He was then flown to a hospital in Peoria, said Callahan, where he later died.

Grundy County sheriff’s police also responded to two accidents in Morris this weekend.

Also Saturday night, about 7 p.m., emergency responders were called to a motorcycle accident at Airport and Saratoga roads.

Kenneth Fischer, 40, of 3100 W. Airport Road, was traveling east on Airport, when he drove the motorcycle onto the right side shoulder and into a ditch, where he struck a field entrance and was ejected from the motorcycle, Callahan said.

Fischer, who thrown about 30 feet, was not wearing a helmet. He was taken to Morris Hospital, from where he was transferred to Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet. Callahan did not have an update on his condition Monday.

Fischer is being cited with driving while license suspended, having no motorcycle classification and no proof of insurance.

Into the early morning hours Sunday, sheriff’s deputies were called to a motor vehicle accident in which a pickup truck rolled over.

At just before 3 a.m., the truck was traveling west on Airport Road, west of Illinois 47, when the driver traveled off the shoulder and into a ditch. It appeared that he overcorrected and lost control of the vehicle, said Callahan.

The pickup ended up rolling over and landing on its roof.

The male driver refused treatment at the scene. No citations were given.

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