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Hit-and-run accident kills Illinois cyclist

An Illinois bicyclist died in a hit-and-run accident on May 29 when a van struck her and then drove away. Police filed several charges against the driver of the van for the accident including a felony count of leaving the scene of an auto accident resulting in injury or death, a misdemeanor count of failing to give information or render aid and a traffic citation for failure to reduce speed. Police held him on $200,000 bond after a bond hearing on May 31.

The accident occurred in Bridgeport at about 5:35 p.m. The bicyclist, a 59-year-old woman, was riding on South Poplar Ave. in the 2900 block when an eastbound van struck her and drove away from the scene of the collision. The woman was transported to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, where staff pronounced her dead at 6:08 p.m. Her cause of death was listed as multiple injuries resulting from the collision.

Witnesses who saw the accident were able to provide the van's license plate number, which led investigators to a home about two blocks from the scene of the accident where the van was parked. Two hours after the accident, they arrested the 65-year-old man who lived at the home. The man's employer was listed as the owner of the vehicle.

Families of deceased bicycle or pedestrian accidents may be eligible to file wrongful death suits against negligent drivers for damages such as medical treatment, funeral expenses and certain non-economic damages. People with wrongful death claims may be able to file against drivers or owners of vehicles involved in accidents. Some families of accident victims contact personal injury attorneys for advice on seeking compensation after fatal accidents.

Source: The Chicago Tribune, 'Man held on $200k bail in Bridgeport hit-and-run," Chicago Tribune staff, May 31, 2014

Source: CBS Chicago, "Man Charged In Fatal Bridgeport Hit-And-Run", May 31, 2014

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