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Canton woman dies two days after motorcycle crash in Bureau County

A 59 year old Canton woman is dead after a motorcycle crash her family says could have been avoided.

Her husband was with her at the time, and tells us it was the result of grass clippings on the road.

Photo provided by friends of Zeglen.

Cheryl Zeglen was riding with friends in Bureau County on Saturday. Her husband Thomas Zeglen says he hit the grass clippings, started to lose control, slowed down suddenly, and he says that’s when Cheryl crashed into him.

She was taken to a local hospital before then being transferred to OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria where she died two days later.

Following her death, her husband and friends gathered at Walters Brothers Harley-Davidson dealer in Peoria.
They remembered Cheryl as a “jokester” who loved her family, and as someone who loved raising money for St. Jude through the “St. Jude Peoria to Memphis Ride.”

Now, in the wake of her passing, they’re trying to educate people how dangerous grass in the road is for motorcycles.

“When grass goes into the road, there’s not much difference than when a car hits a sheet of ice in the winter. It’s the same for motorcycle riders in the summer,” explained fellow St. Jude rider Stann Weibler.

Thomas Zeglen, Husband: “I would like something to be done better than a $50 fine on grass clippings. It kills people. What’s it going to take for Congress or whatever to understand that?” shared her frustrated and heartbroken husband, Thomas.

He says he did reach out to Republican Representative Mike Unes today to see about pushing for stronger penalties for leaving clippings in the road.He says he will continue fighting to keep other riders safe in honor of his late wife, and hopes to one day rename the law prohibiting yard wast in the roads “Cheryl’s Law.”


Molly Jirasek

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