From the Mount Pleasant Police Department
The WB lanes of STH 20 and the NB on-ramp to I-94 were blocked this morning from approximately 7:30 am to 10:30 am, while this fatal crash was being investigated. The driver of the motorcycle was identified as MAXIMILIANO PENALOZA FERREIRA, 20 from Racine. He died at the scene of the crash. The driver of the Semi was a 65 year old male from Swartz Creek, MI. He worked for Wheeler Trucking Inc. He was not injured.
It was believed that a contributing factor to this collision was the motorcyclist traveling at a high rate of speed. However, this crash remains under investigation. The driver of the motorcycle was wearing a helmet.
On 6/25/2015, at 7:29am, Mount Pleasant officers along with South Shore Fire and Rescue were dispatched to a motorcycle vs. semi tractor trailer on Hwy 20 at the I94 onramp. Upon arrival, officers found that the operator of the motor cycle was westbound on Hwy 20 approaching the traffic signal intersection with the I94 at the northbound on ramp as a Semi tractor trailer was attempting a left turn from eastbound Hwy 20 onto the northbound I94 on ramp. The motorcycle impacted the right side of the tractor. Reports were the cyclist was breathing, but not conscious, wearing a helmet at the time.
SSFD personnel assessed the injury, and called for flight for life. Flight for life landed but did not
transport as the motorcycle operator died from his injuries. The Racine County Medical Examiner was called to the scene. The motorcycle operator name is being withheld pending notification to the family.
Mt. Pleasant officers with the assistance from the WI State Patrol are investigating the crash. Assist by the Racine County Sheriff’s Department. At this time alcohol or drugs are not believed to be a factor in this collision. No charges have been issued at the time of this release and the case remains under investigation.