Thursday, December 1, 2011

58 Year Old Male Bicyclist Killed By Truck In Champaign

Peterbilt 330
A 58 year old man was killed on Tuesday evening after being struck by a large truck while riding his bicycle in Champaign.  Michael J. Costa III was killed at the intersection of Market Street and Anthony Drive by a 2005 Peterbilt 330 truck being driven by Thomas Pelmore, 63, according to The News-Gazette.  Mr. Costa was "semi-responsive" at the scene, but was pronounced dead about 45 minutes later at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.  It is not clear how the accident occurred, or even in which direction Mr. Costa had been traveling prior to impact.  The Champaign County Coroner, Duane Northup, speculated that, "The driver of the vehicle may not have seen him.  It was dark."  The News-Gazette reported that officers at the scene described the bicycle as "smashed and heavily damaged on the front end."  The driver of the truck was not ticketed.

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