Driver Fatally Struck 60-Year-Old Man Who Was Biking in West Humboldt Park

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The intersection of LeMoyne and Kolin from the driver’s perspective. Image: Google Street View

A driver fatally struck a Portage Park man who was riding a bike in West Humboldt Park Monday morning.

At around 9:50 a.m., Enrique Zamora, 60, was cycling east on the 4300 block of West LeMoyne Street, according to Office Nicole Trainor from Police News Affairs. The block is just east of a shopping center with a grocery store and a home improvement store.

When Zamora reached the intersection of LeMoyne and Kolin Avenue, he was struck by Sam Garduez, 44, who was driving southbound on Kolin, Trainor said. Zamora, who lived on the 4800 block of West Addison, was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:49 a.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Garduez, who was uninjured, was cited for failure to exercise due care, Trainor said. Major accidents is investigating.

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This chart from an early September Mayor’s Bicycling Advisory Council Meeting shows that the number of bike fatalities had been low as of August, compared to recent years.

Zamora was the 6th person to die following a bike crash in Chicago in 2015. There were only two bike-related deaths between January and August of this year, an unusually low number. However, there were three other bike fatalities in September and October. Six cycling fatalities is a roughly average number for this time of year, compared to the previous six years.

Fatality Tracker: 2015 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths
Pedestrian: 28 (11 were hit-and-run crashes)
Bicyclist: 6 (two were hit-and-run crashes)

  • neroden

    It is really startling the difference between Chicago and NYC. In Chicago, the police are actually issuing citations to drivers who crash into people and kill them, even if the citations are very minor. In NYC, they aren’t even writing tickets!

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