A Chicago bicyclist was rushed to Illinois Masonic Medical Center later yesterday afternoon in serious condition with a fractured leg and blood oozing from his mouth after being struck by a car while he rode in the bike lane on Lawrence Avenue, according to The Center Square Journal. The collision occurred at around 5:00 p.m. The cyclist, Ivan Villegas, was riding eastbound along Lawrence Avenue at the intersection with Washtenaw with he was struck by a southbound car, according to the Journal. A friend of the bicyclist who saw the incident said that it appeared that the driver of the car just did not see his friend riding through the intersection.
North and south traffic traveling on Washtenaw at Lawrence is controlled by stop signs. Neither a traffic light nor stop signs control east/west traffic on Lawrence at the intersection. Evidently, the driver proceeded through the southbound stop sign, failing to yield the right of way to Mr. Villegas.