Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Bicyclist Killed While Riding in Bike Lane in Pilsen
A bicyclist was killed early this morning while riding down the bike lane in the 1100 block of 18th Street in the Pilsen neighborhood. The driver of a late-model Infiniti struck the bicyclist and originally fled the scene. Images of the vehicle show damage to the passenger side of the vehicle. Responding Chicago Police officers were able to locate the driver and place the person under arrest.
The bicyclist was reportedly simply riding to meet friends at the time of the collision. This is an example of a truly senseless collision and a reason why I rarely use the word "accident." An incident like this is a collision and nothing less. According to reports the bicyclist was in the bike lane which is clearly marked in the area of 18th Street which is also well lighted and surrounded by businesses. Moreover, bicycle traffic is very common in Pilsen and motorists are aware of the presence of bicyclists in the area.
Attorney Michael Keating has extensive experience handling wrongful death cases of this nature. If you have any questions regarding this post or an issue involving Illinois personal injury law, please contact Illinois Bicycle Attorney Mike Keating at 312-208-7702 or MKeating@KeatingLegal.com 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All e-mails and phone calls are returned promptly. All initial consultations are confidential and free.