(SALEM) The investigation continues into a two vehicle traffic crash that occurred early this past Wednesday morning at around 4:37, along I-57, approximately 2 miles south of Salem, in Marion County. The Illinois State Police report that 21 year old Johnathan Trotter of Evansville, Indiana, was northbound on I-57 when his car rear-ended a motorcycle, also northbound with only one occupant. As a result of the collision, the driver of the motorcycle, 23 year old Mason Wathan of Centralia, was fatally injured and pronounced deceased at the scene. While Trotter was not injured, he was ticketed for reckless homicide, for driving while suspended, and for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. The northbound lanes of I-57 at the scene were closed for just over 5 hours for cleanup and reopened at 10:00 Wednesday morning.