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A man and woman from Illinois were killed Monday when the motorcycle they were riding ran off a Carroll County road and hit a tree, authorities said.

It happened about 9 a.m. as Steven E. Harvey, 58, and Linda M. Harvey, 56, both of Waukegan, Ill., were riding a 1997 Harley Davidson motorcycle north on Arkansas 23 north of Holiday Island.

According to an Arkansas State Police report, Steven E. Harvey was operating the motorcycle when it ran off the side of the road in a curve and hit a tree.

Both riders were ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene, authorities said.

The deaths raised to 195 the number of fatal vehicle crashes in Arkansas so far this year, according to preliminary figures.

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  • shenanigans
    June 24, 2014 at 6:10 p.m.

    Were they wearing helmets?

  • ThinkFree
    June 24, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.

    Condolences to the Mr. and Mrs. Harvey's family and friends.

    June 24, 2014 at 7:46 p.m.

    First let me say I've been riding bikes for almost 50 years (since I was 10) and I've been riding big Harleys for over 40 of those years. I still ride a 77 Shovelhead bagger. I don't know the exact causes of this tragic wreck but I have been seeing an alarming trend for about the last 10 years and that trend is people without the necessary skill level jumping on 600# motorcycles and running them off curves and mountainsides. Just because you can afford it or want to join in the "Mystique" of motorcycles doesn't mean you are ready to climb on top of something that is more dangerous than a keg of gun powder. And you da*n well have no business putting a trusting loved one behind you. Like I said, this wreck could many different causes and this rider could have been a practiced veteran but anybody that has been riding for awhile will tell you 90% of the new riders out there have no business on a big cruiser (or a 200hp crotch rocket).

  • alt_phil
    June 25, 2014 at 12:21 a.m.

    Steve and Linda were my very good friends and family in my motorcycle club. That's my deceased MC brother and sister, and we are deeply mourning their loss. I plan to ride 13 hours to attend their funeral and hug their children while their kids weep. Now... let me address your questions... were they wearing helmets? Are you joking? They hit a tree at highway speed and you think a helmet would help with that? That's ludicrously stupid - why would you even ask??? So you could feel comfortable blaming their death over not wearing what amounts to a plastic bucket on their head? They were barely dipping into Arkansas while riding around Missouri - which has a helmet law... so what do you think - helmet or no? And the other dude who thinks he's a super veteran of riding knowledge daring to imply a lack of experience? Steve was an old salt, a retired police lieutenant and full patched member of my motorcycle club. So back off with your "I can balance soooo much better than you" attitude. Both of you can just shut your holes, trying to blame helmets and inexperience as if you're looking for a reason to be justified in not feeling bad. Your judgemental attitudes betrays your callousness towards the loss of life. Have a little respect for the dead - let me my brothers... let Steven and Linda's orphaned children... mourn in peace without your asinine comments.

  • alt_phil
    June 25, 2014 at 12:31 a.m.

    Thank you, ThinkFree. Your empathy is appreciated.

    June 25, 2014 at 5:11 p.m.

    alt-phil, I don't want to get into a pi**ing match with you but I also stand four square behind my comments. IF you had read my ENTIRE post you would see where I stated TWICE that I had no knowledge of your friends skill level OR if it was a factor in this wreck. I'm sorry for your loss, I've lost many friends on bikes and been hospitalized myself a few times. BUT ! motorcycles don't hit trees by themselves. AND I AM a "Super Veteran" having put tens of thousands of miles on motorcycles since 1960 . Among other credentials I'm a retired motorcycle mechanic and past chapter president of a national club.
    I'm sorry for the untimely passing of your friends and no one will ever know exactly what caused the wreck. I'm just concerned that too many new riders are dieing from inexperience and poor decisions.

  • alt_phil
    July 13, 2014 at 8:59 p.m.

    Yesterday I attended Steve and Linda's funeral. It was very nice. The family... the kids left behind... asked for as many cops and bikes as possible. People came in force... a long line of bikes, a packed church full of people who loved and respected Steven and Linda. Wonderful services at the church and grave site. Sadly, a sour note hung through it all. Early that very morning, another Waukegan cop... a young man in his prime... lost his life. So our friends and family with the Waukegan police department spent the day mourning the loss of the wise and loveable retired lieutenant that trained so many of them, while simultaneously coping with the so very fresh loss of a young brother, a great cop with so much life left before him, taken far too soon. Young Jason, fresh to the force, never got to benefit from the instruction of Steve... perhaps now, these two men who swore an oath to serve and protect can walk a beat together on the streets of heaven. I'd like to believe they are standing side by side, telling each other funny stories at this very moment... with Steve's always-present smile and laugh echoing throughout the halls of heaven, making the angels laugh with him. And Linda is of course these beside them, hugging Jason and welcoming him to their family.
    My friends... my brothers in the Waukegan police department have lost too many, too soon, too recently. Please keep them all in your thoughts and prayers.