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Traffic Light Near Bicycle Accident Site to be Reprogrammed

The traffic light at the corner of Middaugh and Chicago Avenue where a middle school student was struck by a car will be re-programmed by the Village of Clarendon Hills. After the accident in September, the village conducted a study of the traffic light and decided to re-program the light to give pedestrians crossing more time.

A bicycle accident involving a 12-year-old student prompted the village to begin the engineering study to find out if it was possible to improve safety. The accident occurred on September 25th at 7:43 am. The boy from Clarendon Hills was hit by a 17-year-old driver turning left onto southbound Chicago Avenue. The boy was riding his bike across Chicago Avenue.

The boy was wearing a helmet and saw the car briefly, jumping off his bike before being hit. He suffered broken teeth, bruises and a broken arm. Police found that strong sunlight was a contributing factor to the accident and the driver was turning on a green light. The driver was cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian.

According to village trustee Ed Reid, there was just not enough time for pedestrians to cross the street with a green light. Now, traffic will be halted from all directions after the walk button is pressed.

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