Louis Smith, 56 year old was killed while riding his bike in Garfield Park. It is upsetting to see the details - is that really what happened? The wording is disappointing.
Louis Smith was riding a bicycle about 8:35 p.m. northbound in the 100 block of North Homan when the bike swerved into a Chrysler 200 that was traveling south, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Smith was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:12 p.m., authorities said. He lived on the Near West Side.
The female driver of the Chrysler was not injured, police said.
As of early Tuesday, no citations or charges have been filed in connection with the crash. The police Major Accidents Investigation Unit is investigating.
My sympathy to the family and friends of Louis Smith.
Unless there are independent witnesses, it's possible that no one will know whether the description of the crash is accurate or fake. Quite often, the driver's version of what happened is VERY different from the cyclist's.
Sadly, too often the driver's version stands as the official version as the cyclist cannot give their side of the story.
History in situations like this is written by the survivors, who are always the drivers. I'd like to see the crash scene photos.
"...I'd like to see the crash scene photos."
You're assuming that any photos were taken. Sad to say that the priority in most cases is to get the wreckage off the road ASAP so automobile traffic can get on the way without further impediment. Can't be inconveniencing the cagers, now can we?
Yep, one reason I keep a camera rolling on my bike, in case, God forbid, I'm a fatality (or other serious injury) -- the footage could help.
John Greenfield wrote a much better article. Not much more information but I appreciate the approach. Rest in peace Louis. :-(
As a female driver in a Chrysler 200 was heading southbound on Homan, Smith “swerved into the vehicle,” according to the crash report. It’s not clear whether there were any witnesses to the collision, and since the victim is not alive to tell his side of the story, this may simply be the driver’s description of what happened.
Services for Louis Ray Smith are on Saturday at 10am.
Just what I sought. Thanx as usual Tom.