Multiple news outlets are reporting that a bicyclist has tragically died after a collision with a utility van in west suburban Roselle earlier this morning. The fatal bicycle accident occurred near the intersection of Rosemont Avenue and Roselle Road. Roselle Road is a main street in Roselle with four lanes that travel north-south with two lanes traveling in each direction. Rosemont Avenue is an east-west street that terminates at Rosemont Avenue. There is a "T" Intersection where Rosemont Avenue comes to an end at a park along Roselle Road.
According to reports the accident occurred just after 6:09 a.m.when the driver of the 2004 Mercedes-Benz van attempted to make a left-hand turn from eastbound Rosemont Avenue onto northbound Roselle Road at the "T" Intersection. The collision between the the motor vehicle and the bicyclist occurred at the "T" Intersection.
Section 901.01 of the Illinois Vehicle Code requires vehicles approaching or entering a "T" Intersection to yield-the-right of way to vehicles, including bicycles, to vehicles on the "non-terminating" roadway. In this instance, it means that vehicles turning off of eastbound Rosemont Avenue are required to yield the right-of-way to vehicles traveling along Roselle Road. The Illinois Vehicle Code provides as follows:
Sec. 11-901.01. Vehicles approaching or entering a "T" intersection. The driver of a vehicle approaching the intersection of a highway from a highway which terminates at the intersection, not otherwise regulated by this Act or controlled by traffic control signs or signals, shall stop, yield, and grant the privilege of immediate use of the intersection to another vehicle which has entered the intersection from the non-terminating highway or is approaching the intersection on the non-terminating highway in such proximity as to constitute a hazard and after stopping may proceed when the driver may safely enter the intersection without interference or collision with the traffic using the non-terminating highway. (Source: P.A. 81-860.)The bicyclist was taken by ambulance to Alexian Brothers Hospital in Elk Grove Village where he was pronounced dead. The Roselle Police Department is conducting an accident reconstruction and the bicycle accident remains under investigation.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family of the bicyclist.