Chicago bicycle accident claims life on West Side; police continue to investigate intersection after pedestrian death

A driver has been charged in connection with a fatal Chicago bike accident that occurred Tuesday afternoon on the West Side, the Breaking News Center reported.

The 48-year-old bicyclist was killed while riding his bicycle just after 4:30 p.m. on West Chicago Avenue. He was struck by a Pontiac G6 traveling west from Lawler Avenue.

The 25-year-old driver of the vehicle was charged with negligent driving and failure to reduce speed, according to Chicago police.

The victim was taken to Mount Sanai Hospital, where he was declared dead at 5:15 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

In 2008, a total of 27 bicycle riders were killed and 3,385 seriously injured in Illinois bicycle accidents.

Meanwhile, police continue to investigate the intersection at 18th Place and Ashland Avenue, where a child was killed in a bicycle accident last year and another child was killed last month in a Chicago pedestrian accident, the Chicago Tribune reported.

As we reported on Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer blog, the 6-year-old boy was killed and his father critically injured after being struck by a semi while crossing the street.

Witnesses said the intersection, which is just down the street from the boy’s elementary school, lacks crossing guards.

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