Monday, March 31, 2014

Chicago Bicyclist Left-Crossed By Driver, In Critical Condition

This post was updated at 11:27 a.m. to reflect that different times for the collision have been reported.

A 22 year old Chicago bicyclist was critically injured last night by driver who left-crossed him at the intersection of North Milwaukee Avenue and West Addison Street, according to CBS 2 Chicago.  The driver was cited by police for failing to yield to the bicyclist.  

The driver of the Chevrolet Suburban was driving northwest on Milwaukee at around 9:45 p.m. (The Chicago Tribune reports that the crash was at 11:30 p.m.) when he or she turned left, crashing into the male cyclist.  The man was rushed from the scene to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, a level 1 trauma center.  His present condition has not been reported.

A "left cross" occurs when a motorist turns left into a bicyclist who is riding in the opposite direction.  Under Illinois law and Chicago ordinance, the bicyclist has the right of way in this circumstance just as a motorist would.  It is one of the most common types of crashes occurring between cyclists and drivers in an urban setting.

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