Today’s Headlines for Friday, September 16

  • Help ID Driver Who Doored a Cyclist, Avoided a Ticket, Got a High-Five (Chainlink)
  • Son: It Was a ‘Mistake’ to Let Driver Who Killed My Dad Out on Bond (DNA)
  • Pedestrian Sustains Minor Injuries in Rollover Crash in River North (CBS)
  • Chicago Sees Decrease in Commuters Driving to Work Alone (Curbed)
  • MPC Looks at the Proposed Red Line Transit TIF
  • Jeff Park Master Plan Could Pave the Way for Transit-Oriented Development (DNA)
  • Loop Gas Leaks Halts CTA Service on Elevated Tracks (ABC)
  • Metra, CTA Plan Extra Weekend Service for Riot Fest, Football Games (CBS)
  • Where Do CTA Cars Go After They’re Retired? (DNA)

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  • Jeff Gio

    The dooring video is so infuriating. The officer made a comment to the victim to “ride in the bike lane”. That stretch of Milwaukee Ave is a sharrow *sigh*

  • what_eva

    While I understand why the victim’s attorney wants to track down the driver to sue in civil court, the community as a whole should be tracking down the officer for a reprimand.

  • Chicagoan

    The officer must lose his/her job.

    Has anyone sent this to Supt. Eddie Johnson?

  • Batboy

    While I appreciate that the law firm is trying to do good by the bicyclist, this focus on the driver is misplaced. She didn’t do a hit and run, and the description of the high five is out of context (looks like a friend is trying to cheer her up – do you do the same when your friend did something horrible?) anyway, the driver was only taking instruction from the cop

    I agree the cop needs to be reprimanded or more.

  • SP_Disqus

    The focus is on the driver because they need the driver’s information to receive compensation for damage caused to the cyclist and their bike. While the officer’s negligence is the main reason the cyclist and their lawyer do not have this information, the driver gave a fake phone number and is also responsible.

  • rohmen

    I’ve been in a relatively minor accident while driving a car where the other driver was clearly at fault, and refused to produce insurance info. Called 911 and they flat out refused to send a responding officer, even though I noted I thought the driver was uninsured and needed a police report to establish that for my insurance.

    This is obviously much more serious, and dooring is clearly illegal, but the CPD seems to have a horrible operating procedure on taking reports.

  • Kevin M

    Public opinion of CPD sinks lower…

  • Anne A

    More appropriate to report things like this to IPRA.

  • Anne A

    The driver should have LOOKED before opening her door. If she’d done that, there wouldn’t have been a dooring.

    High five to cheer her up? Really? That’s the last thing I’d be doing if my friend did something horrible.

  • Batboy

    Whatever. You’re so perfect and never made a mistake in your life. Am I to understand that when you do get into your first accident of which you’re at fault, you’ll promptly send yourself into depression?

    I stand by my comments that the link description makes the video appear worse than it is.

  • Anne A

    It’s really hit or miss. It’s horrendous if a supervisor refuses to take a report, because they SHOULD know better than that.

  • Anne A

    NONE of us is perfect. My point is that this was a *preventable* crash..

    A high five is normally a gesture of congratulations or celebration, not of comforting after trauma. Is a high five appropriate after injuring someone and sending them to the hospital?

  • Chicagoan

    Let’s do that.

  • RW

    Does the CPD have any legal requirement to generate a report in a situation like this? Or at least is it in their SOP?

  • johnaustingreenfield

    Let’s keep the conversation polite. Thanks.

  • Anne A

    My CPD source (with nearly 18 years on the job) says: SOP in any case involving injury, *especially* if someone is sent to the hospital. “Refusing to take a crash report is refusing to do your job” in his words. And the bit about the sergeant threatening to write a ticket for “not riding in a bike lane” – worst kind of B.S. That’s the kind of thing that makes people hate police and makes the job harder for the good officers who want to help people.

    The fact that this was a SUPERVISOR makes it 10x worse because that encourages officers who she supervises to act in a similar way and not do their jobs in crashes involving cyclists.

  • RW

    Intersting. Thanks for following up. Though I’m not a lawyer, I wonder at what point behavior like that of the CPD in this situation begins to constitute negligence.

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