A 24-year-old bicyclist was seriously injured late Wednesday when a car struck him at the intersection of Maple and Fairview avenues in Brookfield.

According to police, a Honda Element driven by a 31-year-old North Riverside man was heading northbound on Maple Avenue at about 9:50 p.m. and had just crossed the railroad tracks when he struck the victim, a Brookfield man. It’s not clear which direction the bicycle was traveling.

The driver of the Honda said he never saw the victim, who was riding a red mountain bike, until the impact. The victim’s head struck and shattered the windshield of the SUV, according to police.

When police arrived at the scene, they found the victim unconscious and lying face down in the street on Maple Avenue just north of Fairview Avenue. His bicycle was on the parkway on the west side of Maple Avenue just north of Fairview.

The victim was taken to Loyola University Medical Center, where staff told police his injuries were serious but not life-threatening. The victim was not wearing a helmet, police said.

Police did not ticket the driver of the Honda. There is no stop sign on Maple Avenue at Fairview. Neither the driver of the Honda nor the victim appeared to be impaired by drugs or alcohol, according to police.

The suburban Felony Investigation Assistance Team (FIAT) responded to the scene to reconstruct the accident.

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