Thursday, May 7, 2015

More Facts Are Needed To Explain Why Driver Who Struck and Killed Cyclist in Sauk Village Was Not Cited By Police

A 59 year old male bicyclist was struck and killed by a driver in Sauk Village earlier this month, according to The incident occurred near the intersection of East Sauk Traill and Route 394 at around 7:49 p.m. on April 29th.  The man, Robert Kirn, died several hours later at Stroger Cook County Hospital.

It is not clear how the fatal crash occurred as few facts have been reported by news outlets. According to, the driver did not receive a traffic citation following the incident.  At the time of the crash the motorist was driving his Dodge Intrepid northbound on 394 when he struck Mr. Kirn in the intersection.  Mr. Kirn was attempting "to cross both north and southbound traffic" when he was struck, according to CBS Chicago.  This description insinuates that Mr. Kirn was doing something wrong when he was hit.  But without more it would be unfair to draw that conclusion.  

East Sauk Trail is not a trail, but a four lane roadway.  Its intersection with Route 394 is controlled by a traffic light.  It would have been entirely legal for Mr. Kirn to have pedaled his bike across Route 394 on East Sauk Trail assuming the traffic light was in his favor.  It would be wise not to jump to conclusions about how this tragedy occurred without more information.

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