Chicago Firefighter Killed In City's Seventh Fatal Bicycle Accident
Posted By Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC
Chicago has had its seventh victim killed in a
bicycle accident this year. Authorities say a Chicago Fire Department lieutenant has become
the seventh person to die in a bicycle accident on September 20. According
to a fire department spokesman, the 56-year-old man was struck by a vehicle
as he was biking home from his shift at the firehouse near Evergreen Park
on 93rd Street. Police say he was rushed to Advocate Christ Medical Center
in Oak Lawn where he died weeks later from multiple injuries on October 11.
Police say the SUV that struck the firefighter was driven by a 33-year-old
Chicago woman. The driver told police she did not see the bicyclist in
the intersection until he hit the side of her SUV. Police say the SUV
had the right-of-way. A witness told police it looked like the bicyclist
assumed the SUV was going to stop for him. Police report the bicyclist
hit the side of the Jeep, flew off the bike and onto the SUV's hood
and fell to the ground. Emergency responders reported the man was unconscious
when they arrived at the scene.
The Chicago Department of Transportation reports six others have died this
year while bicycling in the city. Authorities say despite the city’s
attempt to constantly add miles of bicycle lanes, Chicago has statistically
had about sixth bicycle accident deaths every year. Authorities say it
will be the 11th death in the Cook County area.
If you or a family member has been seriously injured in a bicycle accident,
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