Chicago, IL (July 10, 2020) – An unmarked Chicago police vehicle struck and killed a man riding on a motorized bike on Wednesday, July 8. Three officers were reportedly in the vehicle when they struck the victim at the 11800 block of South Halsted Street. The officers were traveling in the West Pullman neighborhood when they struck the 33-year-old man at around 10:30 p.m.
The bike was reportedly making a turn onto Halsted Street from 118th Street when it was struck by the police vehicle. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene by responding paramedics. The three officers were seriously injured and transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center for treatment.
A witness from the scene claimed that the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed without its siren on. An ongoing investigation into the crash is underway.
We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time. Our thoughts are with the injured victims and their victims in hopes of a full recovery.
Deadly Motorcycle Crashes in Chicago
In Illinois, motorcycle fatalities have been on the rise, increasing by 4.8% from 147 in 2015 to 154 in 2016. In 2016, motorcycle deaths accounted for 14.3% of roadway fatalities reported in the state. The number of injured motorcyclists also increased during this period, growing by 1.9% to 2,692 in 2016. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that motorcyclists were 27 times more likely to suffer fatal injuries in the event of a crash.
Family members are often left reeling after a loved one’s life is tragically cut short due to the negligence of another, and recovering can be a difficult battle for surviving family members who are left to pick up the pieces. It is only natural to want to grieve, and pursuing a lawsuit is usually the least of their concerns. However, an Illinois wrongful death lawsuit can potentially help your family recover financial compensation resulting from your devastating loss.
At Kent M. Lucaccioni, Ltd., we take the utmost care and deliberation to do everything possible to obtain compensation for our clients after they have suffered the loss of a dear family member. Our Illinois wrongful death attorneys can support your family through this difficult time and bring you some peace of mind, while making sure that the at-fault party is held responsible. Contact our offices today at 312-386-7683 if you have unfairly lost a family member in a deadly motorcycle accident in Chicago.
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