Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Bicyclist Killed In Pilsen Was A Gifted Musician; Driver Charged With Reckless Homicide, DUI

The bicyclist killed by a hit and run driver in Pilsen on Tuesday morning was 30 year old Fredrick Kobrick of the 1700 block of South Desplaines.  A reader of this blog informs me that Mr. Kobrick was a gifted artist involved with a music project "Geometric Temples."

The name of Mr. Kobrick's alleged killed has also been released.  38 year old Ignacio Ramirez, who initially fled the scene, has been charged with reckless homicide and aggravated DUI stemming from the incident.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Bicyclist Killed By Hit and Run Driver In Pilsen

A 30 year old man was killed this morning in Pilsen when a motorist struck him as he rode his bicycle.  The bicyclist was riding near West 18th Street and South Carpenter Street just before 1:00 a.m. when he was struck.  He was on his way to meet friends when the driver allegedly veered into him, according to police.  The driver did not stop, but a suspect is in custody, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.  Neither the name of the bicyclist nor that of the driver have been published.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Six Year Old Bicyclist Killed By Backing Pickup

Six year old Ricardo Navarro was killed on Friday afternoon while riding his bicycle around the corner from his home near East 88th Street and South Buffalo Avenue, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.  The young boy sustained massive head injuries after the driver of a pickup truck, Jesus Alvarez, backed his vehicle up without properly looking for children.  He was cited for negligent driving by police at the scene.

Ricardo was often seen in the neighborhood riding his bike.  The driver lived just a few doors down from the boy's family.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Few Facts Revealed Regarding Crash Between Chicago Police Vehicle and 10 Year Old Bicyclist

A 10 year old child was taken to Loretto Hospital last night after sustaining injuries when he was involved in a crash with a police car while riding his bicycle, according to the Chicago Tribune.  The incident occurred at around 5 p.m. along the 5500 block of West Van Buren Street, a residential area close to Columbus Park.  Very few details of this incident have been reported.  Neither the extent of the child's injuries, nor how the crash occurred have so far been revealed.  Even the child's gender is apparently unknown to the media.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Bicyclist Crushed By Dump Truck Was No Wobbly Rider

I.A.M. Wellness
The gruesome death of 25 year old Jacqueline Marie Michon is an especially vivid reminder of the dangers faced by even experienced bicyclists on our city's streets.  Miss Michon fell underneath a dump truck allegedly stopped at a red light at 227 North Wabash Avenue and was crushed to death after the light changed, according to the Chicago Tribune.  Reportedly, she rode her bike between a car stopped next to the truck then lost her balance.  Miss Michon was no wobbly newcomer to cycling.  She's been described as a passionate cyclist and was a spinning instructor.  Her other passions included hiking and rock climbing.  She grew up an avid swimmer and lacrosse player.  Miss Michon worked as a personal trainer.  In addition to spinning, she taught boot camp and kickboxing.

How or why she lost her balance on Friday night is not clear.  Speculating as to the cause of this tragedy would be foolish.  Riding in the city is dangerous, to note the obvious.  Streets designed to make cycling less dangerous will hopefully reduce the need to come so close to some of the behemoths that use our roadways.    This is already underway in Chicago; and not a moment too soon.

Monday, August 1, 2011

79 Year Old Bicyclist Struck and Killed By Motorist In Maywood

The driver of a motor vehicle turned himself in after striking and killing a 79 year old bicyclist in Maywood on Friday night.  The bicyclist, Harold Moore, was struck at the intersection of 9th Avenue and Fillmore Street in a quiet residential area just two blocks from his home at around 8 p.m.  It is not clear whether the driver initially left the scene, but the Chicago Tribune reports that he turned himself in at Loyola University Medical Center where the bicyclist was taken.  Mr. Moore was pronounced dead less than an hour after the collision.

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