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Bicyclist, 70, killed in traffic accident on Museum Campus Drive

A 70-year-old man bicycling downtown was killed in a traffic accident Monday afternoon.

At about 5:20 p.m., the cyclist was heading northbound in the 1400 block of South Museum Campus Drive when he hit a parked truck, according to a police notification.

The man was taken to Northwestern Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The driver of the truck was issued a citation for no parking/standing.

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I keep wondering about the missing pieces to this story, since it seems obvious that some critical elements are missing.

This  seems like a truly  sad tale that  is still a bit  of a mystery. Is thee any indication that Mr. Sawicki had  a health issue such as a  stroke or heart attack? He was an experienced  cyclist who was  familiar with the area. He was a fast rider but did not  appear to be a  wannaLance  who would fly by with his head  down. Was he surprised by the location of the truck?  Was there a pedestrian, a flock of birds, or other reason  why he could  not get by? There is no need to blame any of the  actors including Mr.Sawicki but hopefully we can  all get something from this tragedy to help guide the rest of us to  pedal home safely after we encounter a similar  circumstance. I can't help but think of Helmet Jahn, another  experienced cyclist who lost his life recently. John, as always,  thank  you for  your sober  reporting on  these issues.

His Strava app record shows that Museum Campus Drive was part of a route he rode regularly.


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