Motorcyclist dies in crash on I-74

By Amanda Porterfield | aporterfield@wcia.com

Published 09/29 2013 09:26PM

Updated 09/30 2013 10:18AM

URBANA -- An Arizona motorcyclist is dead after crashing with another driver on I-74. It happened late Saturday morning between the University Avenue and Cunningham Road exits.

State police say 66-year old Mark Ashabranner was merging into the eastbound lanes along the University Avenue ramp when a van rear-ended him.

Ashabranner, who wasn't wearing a helmet, was pronounced dead at the scene. The coroner says he died from blunt force trauma.

Backed-up traffic caused another crash with injuries an hour later. The coroner is waiting on toxicology results.

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