Bicyclist in serious condition after being struck by car

Second accident in downtown Riverside this week


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By Bob Uphues


UPDATED: June 23, 2014 at 4:25 p.m.

A family member contacted the Landmark to report that the woman injured June 17 when her bicycle was struck by a car at the intersection of Longcommon Road and East Burlington Street in downtown Riverside has left the hospital and is in stable condition.


A 56-year-old Brookfield woman who was injured when she was struck by a car while riding a bicycle through a Riverside intersection on Tuesday night remains in serious condition at Loyola University Medical Center, according to Riverside police.

The woman was pedaling westbound through the intersection of Longcommon Road and East Burlington Street about 9:40 p.m., when she was struck by a 2010 Volvo C70 driven by an 18-year-old Riverside Lawn man.

He was ticketed for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a roadway and for having expired vehicle registration.

Riverside police said the Volvo was heading northbound on Longcommon Road and was stopped at the stop sign, waiting for a vehicle to cross. Once the westbound vehicle cleared, the Volvo driver continued north, striking the rear tire of the victim's bicycle, which reportedly had started across the intersection at the same time as the westbound vehicle.

The driver of the Volvo told police he didn't see the bicyclist, who was reportedly on the north side of the westbound vehicle. The bicycle was not equipped with lights, said police, and the victim was not wearing any contrasting clothing.

When emergency personnel arrived on the scene, they reported that the victim was bleeding profusely from the face. Several bystanders stopped to help the woman until paramedics arrived. Police said the woman appeared to have suffered a serious head injury.

Tuesday's incident was the second vehicle vs. bicycle crash in downtown Riverside in as many days.

On Monday about 5:30 p.m., a 14-year-old Riverside boy's bicycle struck a minivan that was exiting a parking lot next to 30 E. Burlington St. The bicyclist, who was westbound on the sidewalk, struck the stopped minivan and flipped over the hood of the vehicle, landing on the concrete driveway.

He was taken to MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn for treatment of what police termed non-life threatening injuries.

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Dan Moon from Riverside, Illinois  

Posted: June 25th, 2014 12:26 PM

Interestingly, several commenters impulsively lectured cyclists on observance of traffic rules just as licensed motor vehicles do. Nowhere in the story does it say this cyclist blew through the stop sign, though, to my ire, many do. Rather, it was reported that she was in a westbound direction having started from the stop sign at the same time as a car immediately south of her. As cyclists are generally slower than cars, she became exposed just as the northbound driver entered the intersection. Her biggest fault, then, was her failure to wear a helmet and use a light.

Dan Somers from Riverside, Illinois  

Posted: June 25th, 2014 11:18 AM

Bicyclists must follow the same rules at stop signs as cars. And no, even though one might "think so," bikes do not have priority over vehicles at stop signs. Please see this brief document-

George Kepnick from Chicago, Illinois  

Posted: June 24th, 2014 3:07 PM

In Chicago the policy is a bicycle being ridden is a vehicle. You are not to ride it on a sidewalk or cross at a cross walk. You should walk across crosswalks, then you are a pedestrian. If you ride, Ride in the street and obey all vehicle laws. The one exception is stop signs. The law is to slow down on a bike. You do not need to completely stop unless you have to, to let another vehicle move. Also I think cars are supposed to generally yield for a bike, since it is harder for a bike to start from a stop then a car. It seems like this is the order of rights: pedestrian > cyclist > car. The biggest violation I see around here is people riding on the sidewalk.

Christopher FitzHenry Robling from Riverside, Illinois  

Posted: June 24th, 2014 9:40 AM

Safety -- safety -- safety !!! Caution -- caution -- caution !!! Helmets -- Lighting -- Visibility !!!

Lisa Triner Buffo  

Posted: June 23rd, 2014 6:28 PM

Patti, any cyclist that rides in the street is to obey the same road rules as any other vehicle. They must stop at stop signs, stay in their lane, obey all street signs, etc. It's a shame that anyone got hurt but there is responsibility for this accident all over the place. The cyclist should not have been riding at 9:40 pm without some sort of lights on their bicycle, contrasting clothing and I can only guess without a helmet since they received a severe head injury. Riverside should provide much better lighting at all intersections, it is irresponsible not to put more consideration into pedestrian safety. Lastly, any person driving any vehicle should be more vigilant in noticing others around them, whether on foot, on a bicycle, or in a car.

Randy Brockway from Riverside, Illinois  

Posted: June 23rd, 2014 3:28 PM

The intersection---Longcommon and Burlington---in downtown Riverside should receive the close attention of our Village officials. Lighting at night is poor, crosswalk markings are faded and drivers and bicyclists often pass through without stopping. This serious accident should serve as a wakeup call to our residents and officials. Greater enforcement by our police, and better lighting are needed. Greater care by drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians will help the most. I believe the Village should look beyond increased enforcement, better lighting and repainting of the crosswalks and seek a longterm fix to make the intersection safer for all. It is long overdue.

John Sickel from Brookfield, Illinois  

Posted: June 23rd, 2014 10:18 AM

Not surprising.The majority of bicycle riders I've observed do not follow the rules of the road they insist on sharing with cars.They lose the battle every time...

Kathie Kent-Kunish from Riverside, Illinois  

Posted: June 20th, 2014 12:42 PM

Great question Patti ! I also wonder if that intersection needs some type of consideration regarding the safety of pedestrians AND vehicles? It can be a very aggressive combination of walkers, bikers, and motorists. In the dark, it is even more difficult for drivers to see their surroundings. An aerial view straight down on that area is very intimidating with all the lanes & crosswalks. To top it all, a railroad crossing & station within 100 feet. Just a thought...

Patti Carey Maher from Brookfield, Illinois  

Posted: June 20th, 2014 11:25 AM

Are people on bicycles considered pedestrians? Does that mean you have to stop for them in a zebra crossing when they are riding their bike?

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