Friday, March 19, 2010

UPDATE: Bicyclist Killed in Hit-and-Run in McHenry County

The Chicago Tribune's Breaking News Center was reporting that 25-year old Christopher M. Schaaf of Harvard, Illinois was killed Thursday evening in a hit-and-run collision with a pick-up truck at the intersection of Maxon Road and Graf Road near Harvard. According to the report, Schaaf entered the intersection travelling northbound on Maxon Road and was struck by the pick-up truck which was headed west on Graf Road.

ABC 7 News is now reporting that there is a $1,000.00 reward being offered for information about the dark colored pick-up truck with a long cab that was involved in the deadly collision. Photos on the ABC 7 site show what appears to be a Chevrolet pick-up.

Photos of the intersection of Maxon Road and Graf Road show that Graf Road is an uncontrolled intersection, meaning there are no stop signs, yield signs, nor traffic lights for Graf Road at that intersection. Maxon Road appears to have stop signs at its intersection with Graf Road meaning that all users of the roadway, including bicyclists, need to stop at the stop sign before entering the intersection.

The report does not state how or why the authorities concluded which direction the pick-up truck and the bicyclist were headed at the time of impact. According to the report, the bicyclist was reported dead at the scene and the driver of the pick-up truck fled the scene.

Anyone with information about this deadly accident is asked to contact the McHenry County Sheriff's Department. If you have any questions regarding this post or about Illinois bicycle law, contact Mike Keating at 312-208-7702 or