Peoria, IL (July 25, 2020) – A cyclist was killed after being struck by a motor vehicle in Peoria. The accident reportedly occurred on Thursday afternoon, July 23. Local sources revealed that the deadly bicycle accident took place at around 12:41 p.m., and paramedics and local law enforcement officials were called to the site of the crash at the intersection of Knoxville Avenue and Forest Hill Avenue.
According to reports from the Peoria Police Department, the 60-year-old cyclist was traveling westbound on Forest Hill Avenue through a green light at the intersection when a northbound pickup truck on Knoxville Avenue ran a red light and struck him. The male cyclist was transported to OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center soon after the accident where he was later pronounced dead.
At this time, the identities of the deceased victim and the pickup driver have not been released. The driver was cited for disregarding a traffic control device.
An ongoing investigation into the cause of the accident is currently underway. No further updates are currently available.
We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time.
Deadly Bicycle Crashes in Peoria
Cycling is a popular pastime for many Illinois residents, and the number of adults riding bicycles has increased year after year. Many in Illinois even choose to commute by bike in order to limit their carbon footprint. However, cyclists are at risk of suffering life-threatening injuries in the event of a crash involving a motor vehicle.
In 2017, there were 2,689 cycling injuries reported across Illinois, and of those injured, 390 suffered severe injuries. That year, there were 26 confirmed bicycle fatalities in the state. Nationwide, a reported 2.1% of roadway fatalities that year involved bicycle collisions, with 783 reported cycling fatalities across the country. Statistics show that males are much more likely to be killed in cycling collisions, and the average age of bicycle fatality victims is 47.
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) 425-0401 if you have unfairly lost a family member in a deadly Illinois bicycle accident.
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