Biker killed by truck
1986 - 2009
Jeremy Gorner reported yesterday on Chicago's Breaking News Center,
A 23-year-old woman died this afternoon after she fell from her bicycle, landed underneath a truck and was run over by the vehicle outside Hamlin Park on 's , police said. The victim, Liza Whitacre, was riding south on Damen Avenue with another cyclist, a 24-year-old woman, when they came across the truck and a CTA bus about 12:30 p.m. The 24-year-old, Whitacre's roommate, was able to travel "between" the two vehicles as Whitacre followed, police said.
But the victim slipped and fell underneath the truck.
"The truck driver was apparently unaware that the woman had fallen underneath," said Officer John Mirabelli, a police spokesman.
The truck then rode over Whitacre, 23, of the 4900 block of North Winthrop Avenue, and she was pronounced dead at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, officials said.
The operator of the CTA No. 50 Damen Avenue bus was questioned by police as a potential witness to the crash since the bus was in the "vicinity," said Transit Authority spokeswoman Wanda Taylor.
She did not know if the operator witnessed the crash, but said no CTA buses were involved in it.
Buses traveling along the Damen route were temporarily rerouted around the accident site, Taylor said.
No citations have been issued in the crash, Mirabelli said early this evening.