Thursday, May 16, 2013

Victim of Fatal Bicycle Crash Outside Busse Woods Identified

The victim of the fatal bicycle collision that occurred Tuesday morning near the Busse Woods Bicycle Trail in Schaumburg, Illinois has been identified. The victim of this tragic crash was 46 year old Rosaleen Waters of Elk Grove Village. Mrs. Waters was struck by an 85 year old motorist as she bicycled southbound across Higgins Road near its intersection with Route 53 on her bicycle. 

According to the Daily Herald, Rosaleen Waters was a lifelong resident of Elk Grove Village. Following her graduation from Elk Grove High School, Rosaleen attended DePaul University and worked with the Peace Corps in the African country of Burundi. She later married her husband, Tony Waters. Rosaleen was extremely close with her Irish Catholic family, including her many nieces and nephews. 

In recent years, Rosaleen  developed an interest in health and physical fitness, which lead to her love of physical activities such biking. Rosaleen and her husband Tony enjoyed riding their bikes together and often rode through the bike paths in Busse Woods. Rosaleen and Tony would have celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary just next month on June 12. 
It is difficult to put into words how tragic it is when bicyclists in the prime of their lives, such as Rosaleen, pass away unnecessarily while doing what they love. On the day of the Ride of Silence this tragic and unnecessary death further demonstrates the need for motorists and municipalities to regognize that bicyclists are most often totally vulnerable.

It is imperative that motorists learn from these devastating collisions and take whatever steps are necessary to keep a proper lookout and safely share the road with bicyclists. Existing plans for a bridge over Higgins or a more secure connection into Busse Woods near this dangerous intersection could have prevented this fatal collision. 
Rosaleen's husband Tony expressed very valid concern and frustration for the level of attention motorists give to bicyclists, stressing the importance of motorists checking crosswalks, driving at an appropriate speed, and avoiding distractions such as cellphones. We could not agree more with Mr. Waters' concerns, frustrations, and suggestions, and certainly hope that the number of recent fatal bicycle crashes serve as a necessary wake up call to motorists. 
Our thoughts and prayers are with Rosaleen's family at this tragic time. The loss of someone like Rosaleen is a loss to all of us.