The driver of the SUV said that he entered the intersection traveling east on a green light when the westbound bicyclist abruptly turned left smack into the side of his vehicle. Hard luck for the badly injured cyclist. . .
If only the driver's story were true.
The motorist did not count on the unbiased account of an eyewitness to undermine his story. A female wedding events planner was stopped on her bicycle facing south on Humboldt Boulevard at the light controlling the intersection with West Cortland Street in Logan Square when she saw the horrible event unfold. It was about 10:30 p.m. on July 8, 2012 and she was riding home from a wedding she had been working. She saw a 31 year old male bicyclist riding at a moderate pace west on Cortland as she waited for the light to turn. She remembered thinking how much she liked his red bicycle a second before she noticed bright headlights speeding northbound into the intersection, blowing the red light. The collision was massive and threw the male bicyclist's 6'2", 200 lb. frame into the air then down onto the truck's windshield, shattering it. Sparks flew into the air from the metal bike scrapping the road, making the event look like an explosion. Covered in blood, and unconscious the bicyclist was rushed via ambulance to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center where he was diagnosed with a brain hemorrhage.
What followed was weeks of pain, and months of healing. Thanks to his youth, good health and perhaps some luck, the bicyclist made a full recovery. On Friday, November 16th my law firm, retained by the injured bicyclist, reached a fair settlement with the driver and his insurance company, thanks in no small part to a fellow cyclist who was willing to step forward and tell the truth.