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The man, 40, was riding a bike westbound on 67th Street about 1 a.m. when he was hit by a Chevrolet Impala in the intersection with Stony Island Avenue.

A bicyclist died after being hit by a car Sunday on the South Side.

The 40-year-old was riding a bike westbound on 67th Street about 1 a.m. when he was hit by a northbound Chevrolet Impala in the intersection with Stony Island Avenue, according to Chicago police.

He was taken to Jackson Park Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office has not released details about the fatality.

The 42-year-old woman driving the Impala stayed at the scene after the crash, police said. She was not injured.

Police said investigators believe the cyclist may have been in the middle of the street when he was hit.

No charges or citations have been issued as the police Major Accidents Investigation Unit investigates the crash.

Taking the lane?  Are cyclists entitled to full use of a traffic lane?

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Another possibility is that cyclist entered the intersection on a stale green light which changed before he could get all the way across. 

Earlier this morning WBBM radio broadcast  "Police reported that the cyclist was riding in the middle of the street " While technically accurate, that has a very different connotation from the police report stating 'the cyclist may have been in the middle of the street'  I suspect a more accurate description is that 'the cyclist was in the middle of the intersection"

clp -- 67th Street.

I'm pretty sure this in Alderman's Hairston's ward and she's been strongly against bike lanes on Stony.

Sadly, this was likely a preventable death with the right bike infrastructure. 

That said, this area will likely get worse when the Obama Center reroutes traffic in this area.

This street could use a road diet and PBLs. Alderman Michelle Harris who has fought bike lanes (this is from an article regarding the last tragedy on Stony Island):
According to South Shore resident Elihu Blanks, Harris said to him at a 2016 ward meeting, ‘I don’t like that project—we don’t bike on this side of town.'” Hairston told me she believed that the “road diet” would cause traffic jams, and that Stony Island is too dangerous for bike lanes. But as this latest tragedy shows, people are biking on the avenue because it’s one of the few direct north-south routes in the area, and it’s too dangerous not to have bike lanes.

Please, take your anti Obama Presidential Center to the proper forum. But for what it's worth -- Close the Cornell Fly-By/Drive-By Expressway!

Is the cyclist's name known?

I have logged 1800 miles on strava and my 11 mile (on way) commute downtown (that I will start in an hour) takes me through this intersection twice a day (as stony is the first and last leg of my commute). I have lobbied my excuse for an alderman to build bike infastructure to hear what "we don't do" (yet our people die ebery year). Infastructure may not have prevented the lack of driver empathy (while killing another user of the road) but it may make our residents and those passing through know that "we" exist and do cycle through our communities. I'll keep lobbying but I wish we could demonstrate down here as they did on Milwaukee...,...

There are plenty of  street  lights so there really is no excuse for failing  to  see the rider regardless any lights he had or didn't have.  I  agree that the rider's position  on  the street is a likely non-sequitur.  The car was going  north and the bike west. Position  in  the street may possibly be an issue if they are  going  the same direction but has nothing  to do with this crash.  If anything,  the  cyclists's alleged  position  in  the middle of the street should make him easier to  see so there is even greater reason that this tragedy should not  have  happened.  

I'm sure this issue and others will come up on Dec 5th at the Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Council meeting.

There may be camera or video footage... This news clip seems to show that there's one of those red light cams that get some protest on the south side as unwelcome money-makers.  However if a red had been run by one of the parties, the camera may have clicked on and it's possible the police investigation unit is looking into what's what here to clear up some speculation about what did or didn't happen, which at this stage might be useful.

\olice: Woman charged with driving on a suspended license, causing fatal crash with bicyclist

extracted from the story:

Sabrinia Williams, of the 1400 block of West 71st Place, was charged with three misdemeanors: driving on a suspended license, driving an uninsured vehicle in a crash that caused bodily harm and failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision.

Police initially said the bicyclist may have been riding in the middle of the street when he was struck. Officer Steve Rusanov, a spokesman for the Police Department, on Monday said investigators aren’t clear on where in the road Luellen was, but that it was irrelevant in determining who was at fault for the collision.

“The driver of the vehicle that hit the cyclist — regardless if (Luellen) was in the center of the street, the side of the street — as far as tickets and citations go, she is the unit at fault,” he said. “The driver is at fault.”

(At least they got that part right!)


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