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UPDATE 4:11 p.m.: Mount Pleasant Police identified the man that died as Maximiliano Penaloza Ferreira. The uninjured driver of the semi was a 65-year-old man from Swartz Creek, MI, who worked for Wheeler Trucking Inc.

A contributing factor in the crash was the motorcyclist’s speed, according to a press release by the Mount Pleasant Police Department.

ORIGINAL STORY: A 20-year-old Racine man died following a semi versus motorcycle crash that happened at 7:29 a.m. Thursday, June 25 on Highway 20 at the Interstate 94 on-ramp, according to a press release by the Mount Pleasant Police Department.

Rescue staff from the South Shore Fire Department and officers from the Mount Pleasant Police Department responded to the scene of the crash. Investigators learned the man was riding his motorcycle westbound on Highway 20 when he came up on the intersection. A semi-tractor trailer traveling eastbound on Highway 20 tried to turn left and the motorcycle crashed into the right side of  the semi.

A number of people came to the motorcyclist aid. Witnesses told police the man was breathing, but not conscious. He was wearing a helmet.

Due to the nature of the man’s injuries, rescue workers called for the Flight for Life helicopter. It landed, but by then the man had died from his injures and the medical examiner was called to the scene, according to the press release.

The man’s name is not being released pending notification of his family.

The Wisconsin State Patrol and the Racine County Sheriff’s Department assisted in the investigation. Alcohol or drugs were not believed to have been a factor in the crash. No charges have been issued as the crash is still under investigation.


Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.