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Bicyclist in Forest Park, Ill. Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver

Tina Robinson2 years ago

A bicyclist in the Chicago suburb of Forest Park was killed after being struck by a vehicle late Sunday evening, according to a CBS Chicago report.

Details of the Fatal Bicycle Hit-and-Run

Witnesses say the accident happened around 11 p.m. Sunday evening on Harlem Avenue in Forest Park, Ill. A bicyclist, identified as Jeffery Schultz, 40, was traveling south on Harlem Ave when he was struck from behind by a silver sedan. Reports indicate the sedan was speeding when it struck Schultz.

The impact from the crash ejected Schultz from the bicycle and caused him to land on the nearby sidewalk. He was pronounced dead at the scene. An eyewitness to the accident, Stephen Lewis, told reporters that Schultz was not wearing dark clothing and was visible under the street lights.

Police located the sedan in nearby Berwyn but have not located the driver. Police say they are following “strong leads” as to the driver’s whereabouts.

Bicycle Accident Statistics

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), bicyclists are at a higher risk of crash-related injuries and deaths than occupants of motor vehicles despite accounting for only 1% of trips taken in the U.S. In 2010 alone, more than 800 bicyclists were killed and an additional 515,000 were treated in emergency rooms for bicycle-related injuries.

Adolescents aged 15 to 24 and adults aged 45 and older are at the highest risk for bicycle fatalities. Children between the ages of 5 and 14 are most likely to sustain non-fatal bicycle-related injuries.  

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