Friday, July 4, 2014

Chicago Bicyclist Killed in "Right Hook" Crash with Truck on Northwest Side

Intersection of North Cicero Avenue approaching Belmont Avenue where a 28-year old Chicago bicyclist was killed in a collision with a truck on Thursday morning.
 A 28-year old Chicago bicyclist was killed after a industrial truck "clipped" her bicycle while she was riding north on Cicero Avenue near Belmont Avenue. The bicyclist has been identified as 28-year old Barbara Eno who lived on Addison Street not far from the site of the collision. According to reports the truck, described as a large semi-tractor trailer or dump truck, was also traveling northbound on Cicero and was attempting to turn east onto Belmont when the truck came into contact with the bicyclist and she was severely injured. The bicyclist was taken by ambulance where she was pronounced dead at 11:31 a.m. Thursday morning.

As of the time of the publishing of the DNAInfo article, no tickets had been issued to the driver and the article suggests that an investigation was ongoing. However, based on the information from the report the collision occurred when the bicyclist was riding to the right of the truck and was struck by the truck as the driver turned to the right across the path of the oncoming bicyclist. This type of collision is known as a “right hook” bicycle accident.

Section 9-16-020 of the Municipal Code of Chicago specifically prohibits right turns in front of bicycles. The ordinance states:
When a motor vehicle and a bicycle are traveling in the same direction on any highway, street, or road, the operator of the motor vehicle overtaking such bicycle traveling on the right side of the roadway shall not turn to the right in front of the bicycle at that intersection or at any alley or driveway until such vehicle has overtaken and is safely clear of the bicycle.” 
Given that this was a fatal accident, Chicago Police Department policy is that the Major Accidents Investigation Unit are to conduct a full investigation. More information and details are certain to emerge soon. In the meantime, the family of Barbara Eno have lost a young lady in the prime of her youth. This is a very tragic incident and our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time.

If you have any questions regarding this post or an issue involving Illinois personal injury law, contact Illinois Bicycle Attorney Mike Keating at 312-208-7702 or 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All e-mails and phone calls are returned promptly. All initial consultations are confidential and free.