In a twist of irony for the city that only last month was dubbed as America's "Best Bike City," a 23-year-old woman cyclist died on a Chicago street after colliding with a flatbed truck as she commuted to work.
The cycling fatality occurred on Sept. 26 on Damen Ave. near its intersection with Addison St. shortly before 8 a.m., a spokesperson for the Chicago Police Department reported.
Both she and a flatbed truck driver were headed north when the driver attempted to make a right from Damen onto Addison and collided with the bicyclist. There were approximately 10 bystanders waiting to catch the No. 152 Addison bus near the scene of the accident. Eyewitness reports indicate that the woman was riding her bike between the curb and the truck's lane when she was killed.
She died at the scene, according to police. As investigators for the Chicago Police Department's major accident unit worked to unravel the circumstances of the fatal truck-bicycle collision, the woman's body lay covered in the street for hours next to her mangled bicycle.
The truck driver was "so distraught he was taken away in an ambulance," reported one woman who arrived at the scene after the accident.
Before the woman's identity was able to be officially confirmed, a man told news sources that he was her boyfriend and spotted her crushed bike in a news report on TV. Concerned that she had never reported to work, he realized it was his girlfriend. "I saw the picture and it was her bike," he said. "This was the route she always took."
Those injured in accidents by at-fault commercial truckers have a right to pursue justice by filing personal injury litigation in the Illinois courts.
Source: dnainfo.com, "Cyclist Killed In Crash With Truck; 'Just Shocking,' Boyfriend Says," Joe Ward, Sep. 26, 2016