75-Year-Old Man Fatally Struck while Biking in Cicero, IL
Police announced a motorist fatally struck a 75-year-old cyclist in west suburban Cicero on Friday.
According to Cicero police, the fatal crash occurred at around 10 a.m. November 13 near 31st Street and Austin Boulevard. The cyclist, who was identified as Efren Avitia, was reportedly riding down the street when he was struck by a vehicle. The circumstances that led to the collision are unclear.
Avitia was rushed to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead the following day. The medical examiner’s office confirmed that he died of complications from multiple blunt force injuries sustained in the collision.
Cicero police have not provided any information regarding the motorist who struck the Avitia. No charges or citations have been announced at this time. The investigation is ongoing.
While cycling is a healthy and enjoyable activity, it can also be very dangerous. Every year, more than 500,000 people are hospitalized in the U.S. for bicycle-related injuries, and more than 700 are killed. Distracted driving is often the main cause of bicycle accidents. Motorists sometimes simply don’t see cyclists sharing the road, and that lack of attention can cause an accident.
As the investigation into the Cicero crash continues, Efren Avitia’s family may be entitled to a wrongful death claim. The families of wrongful death victims can legally seek compensation for loss of companionship, funeral expenses, and emotional distress following an unexpected death.
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