Joni Beaudry, 55, was riding her bike at Central Road and Weller Lane when the fatal bicycle crash occurred. Beaudry attempted to traverse the street at the crosswalk when she was hit by an SUV.
The Chicago Tribune reports that the mother of five died from injuries sustained in the collision. The driver of the SUV, 56-year-old Hanna Burzynska, was cited by police and issued a fine for misdemeanor failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.
On Friday, Beaudry’s husband filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Burzynska, according to the Chicago Tribune. The lawsuit, which seeks more than $100,000 in damages, states that Burzynska carelessly and negligently drove and operated the SUV, failing to keep a reasonable careful lookout ahead.
The lawsuit seeks compensation not only for medical, funeral, and burial expense but also emotional suffering the family has gone through.
The following information regarding bicycle, or pedalcycle, crashes is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):