A 51-year-old Bolingbrook man was killed early on the morning of April 3 when he was struck by a car in North Riverside.
North Riverside police reportedly found Anthony J. Catalano lying unresponsive in the southbound lanes of traffic on Harlem Avenue near 23rd Street at 3:34 a.m. Catalano was taken to Loyola University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
Photos taken by police as part of their investigation show that Catalano’s bicycle came to rest in the northbound lanes of traffic, across a raised median from where the impact occurred. Several plastic shopping bags filled with various items were still hooked to the frame of the bicycle, while other items and bags were scattered in the roadway.
Police said they were unsure whether Catalano was riding the bicycle or walking it when he was struck by the vehicle. An accident reconstruction specialist from the Illinois State Police assisted North Riverside police with their investigation. Photos show the vehicle made impact near the center of the hood and that something had also struck the windshield of the vehicle.
Catalano apparently was in the roadway south of the traffic light at 23rd Street when he was struck by the vehicle, a white Pontiac sedan. According to police, he was wearing dark clothing.
Police said the 28-year-old man who was driving the vehicle that struck Catalano cooperated with investigators and had submitted to breath and chemical tests to determine whether drugs or alcohol were involved.
As of Monday morning, North Riverside police had not received a final accident report from the State Police. The driver of the vehicle was ticketed for driving too fast for conditions.
Police closed off the southbound lanes of Harlem Avenue between Cermak Road and 26th Street for more than three hours while they investigated. Catalano’s body was taken to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.