Wednesday, May 15, 2013

83-Year Old Northwest Side Bicyclist Dies After Fatal Crash

View Larger Map     News outlets are reporting that an 83-year old resident of the Northwest Side was killed after a collision on West Irving Park Road on Tuesday night. The police records indicate that the 83-year old bicyclist was riding westbound on the 7800 block of West Irving Park Road near the entrance to the Irving Park Cemetery. This stretch of Irving Park Road is relatively less busy than other stretches of the road in the city. At the side time, the driver of a Chevrolet Malibu was traveling in the same westbound direction on Irving Park Road.

The Chevrolet Malibu collided with the bicyclist around 9:10 p.m.The driver of the motor vehicle was ticketed for failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident. Further details are not available at this time. Nonetheless, the fact that the responding officer ticketed the motorist in the collision mean that there was a determination by the police officer that the motorist was responsible for this collision. In addition to failing to reduce speed, the facts of this accident seem to indicate that the driver also was neither keeping a proper lookout nor giving the bicyclist the three feet of clearance that the law requires.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the bicyclist.

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 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All e-mails and phone calls are returned promptly. All initial consultations are confidential and free.