A bicyclist visiting Chicago from Brooklyn did not receive a warm welcome to our city last Thursday. The 29 year old man suffered significant injuries when he was struck by a hit and run driver while riding in the bike lane near 2207 North Milwaukee Avenue in Logan Square on April 25th. My law firm has been retained to represent the cyclist.
The incident occurred at around 4:35 p.m. on a beautiful, sunny afternoon as the bicyclist was riding north on Milwaukee on a bike he borrowed from the friend with whom he was staying for the weekend. The crash occurring only a few hours after his arrival, he was still wearing the business suit he had donned for the flight from New York. Chicago police responded to the scene and took statements from at least one witness, the identity of whom we are still waiting to learn. It is unknown whether any witness to the crash got the license plate number of the driver. Local area businesses, in particular Ultra Lounge and Taqueria Los Comales, have been very supportive in our efforts to investigate the crash. Both business's owners provided access to their surveillance equipment to help us determine if a video recording of the incident exists. Unfortunately, however, neither business's camera captured an image that will materially assist our investigation. A call to the Chicago Police Department's 14th District, which would have responded to the scene, resulted in being directed to the "Hit and Run Unit" which is a part of the CPD's Major Accident Investigation Unit. When I spoke with a representative of the Unit today I was informed that no one would be assigned to investigate the hit and run incident until 12 days had passed from the date of the crash. Only in the event of a fatality does the Unit respond contemporaneously, I was told. We are awaiting receipt of the final Illinois Traffic Crash Report to learn the identities of any witnesses to the crash.
The bicyclist was rushed to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, a level I trauma center. There, he was diagnosed with cranial bleeding and was kept over night. He also sustained a badly fractured nose and serious lateratious to his face which necessitated numerous stitches. He was released from the hospital late Friday afternoon. He returned to his home in Brooklyn yesterday.
If anyone has information that may help identify the driver of the vehicle please phone me at 312.803.0128 or contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.