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CTA bus fatally hits cyclist in west town

A CTA bus struck and killed a 36-year-old Ecuadorean man Friday as he rode his bicycle to his West Town home, officials and family said.

Manuel Tenecota was pronounced dead near where he was hit at Throop Street and Chicago Avenue about 3 p.m., officials said. The medical examiner identified the victim as Luiz Tenecota.

The westbound CTA No. 66 bus hit Tenecota two blocks from his home in the 1600 block of Chicago Avenue, officials and family said.

The bus was immediately towed to the garage and the 36-year-old driver was given a drug and alcohol test as a routine part of the investigation, said Wanda Taylor, CTA spokeswoman. The driver, who has been with CTA since 1997, will not operate any vehicles until the investigation is completed.

Chicago police officials said the investigation is ongoing and no charges had been filed.

Friends and family described Tenecota as a loving husband and father of five who had moved to the U.S. four years ago.

A slight man, Tenecota rode his bicycle to his job at a River North restaurant, where he worked as a dishwasher, hoping one day to make enough money to bring his family to the U.S.

"I am sad, I am lost," said his friend Giovanni Pushi, who had come to the scene of the accident.

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