A 12 year old boy was killed last Sunday April 18th when he was struck by a vehicle in Chicago’s Clearing neighborhood. The vehicle-bicycle accident occurred on the 6300 block of West 60th St. around 8:25 p.m. The accident victim was riding his bicycle on the sidewalk near that location when he was hit by a pickup truck. According to reports, the truck was travelling south on Nargansett Ave. attempting to make a right turn onto 60th street when the boy was hit. The boy was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, IL. He was pronounced dead at 11:03 p.m.
Police issued traffic citations to the truck driver for failure to yield the right of way and negligent driving. The Chicago police Major Accident Investigation Unit is still investigating the tragic bicycle accident.
Children are often the victims of fatal bicycle accidents. About 1/3 of the children hospitalized for bicycle accidents suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI). While some of these accidents are the result of bicycle operator error, others can stem from negligent driving of a motorist. If you or someone you know has been injured in a Chicago area bicycle accident, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney to investigate the accident and protect your rights. For more information on Illinois bike accidents or to speak with an injury lawyer, please call 847-969-9510.