Father of motorcyclist who died in double fatal crash: 'My heart is broke'

Two young men are dead after a car and motorcycle collide in Lincoln Park Wednesday night.

Jake Browne was riding a motorcycle that t-boned another man's car at Dix and College Avenue at about 9:30 p.m. The identity of the driver of the Pontiac Sunfire has not been released by Lincoln Park police.

One day later, Browne's father held onto a piece of a broken necklace found at the intersection where his son was killed, along with another driver one day later.

"My sister had the other piece, I think it is a piece of his chain, I'm not sure," said Danny Dodge. "It could be the other kid's but I am hoping it is his. That will be the last thing I have of him."

"Words cannot describe how I feel right now. My heart is broke."

His son, he says,  would be celebrating his 21st birthday this summer, adding that Jake loved to ride his motorcycle with his friends.

"He was talented, things happen," Dodge said. "You just can't take life for granted, you just can't."

Lincoln Park Fire Chief Al Dyer said Browne's motorcycle and another car, collided.

"We always rode safe, had a great time with a bunch of people," said Nathan Loranger, the best friend of Jake. "I don't understand."

The Lincoln Park fire chief says the Sunfire driver was pulling out of a KFC, turning northbound on Dix when Browne, also heading north, crashed into the driver side door.

"I started crying, I had to come up here as soon as I could, I couldn't believe it," Loranger said. 

Dyer says they had to use the jaws of life to remove the driver of that Sunfire, a man in his late 20s. He and Browne both died at the scene. The driver was wearing his seatbelt, and Browne, a helmet.

"Helmets don't save necks," Dodge said. "A helmet doesn't save internal organs."

The accident is still under investigation. As for now, friends gather at the intersection sharing stories and shedding tears.

"I'd give my place in life for him," Dodge said. 

Browne and his friends also say they are sending their prayers to the family of the other driver.

"I'm sure they're just as heartbroken as I am," he said.
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