Mark J. Stahl Identified as Bicyclist Killed in Peoria, IL
Authorities in Peoria, IL, have identified 60-year-old Mark J. Stahl as the bicyclist who was struck and killed by a truck on Thursday.
According to Peoria police, the crash occurred at approximately 12:40 p.m. on July 23 at the intersection of Forest Hill and Knoxville. Stahl was riding his bicycle through a green light at the intersection when someone driving a truck on northbound Knoxville ran a red light and struck him.
Stahl was rushed to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. He was pronounced dead a few hours later despite aggressive medical intervention. No other injuries were reported.
The truck driver, who hasn’t been named, was cited for disregarding a traffic control device. The investigation is ongoing.
Bicycle accidents aren’t uncommon in Illinois. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 2,689 injuries on bicycles reported in Illinois in 2017, resulting in 26 bicyclist fatalities. An estimated 37 percent of fatal bicycle accidents across the US involved alcohol. Men are eight times more likely to be killed than women, records indicate.
Pending the outcome of the investigation, Mark Stahl’s family may be entitled to a wrongful death claim. A “wrongful death” is one that occurs due to another person’s negligence. Since preliminary reports indicate that the truck driver was at-fault in the collision that killed Mr. Stahl, his family may legally seek compensation for loss of companionship, funeral expenses, and emotional distress following an accident.
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