CPD has not arrested driver who killed cyclist Rick Lomas on May 7

Rick Lomas and his his wife Zena.
Rick Lomas and his his wife Zena. Image: GoFundeMe

According to an article published in the Chicago Tribune by Jake Sheridan this morning, a fatal hit-and-run bike crash that took place on Sunday, May 7, in Humboldt Park is still unsolved by the Chicago Police Department.

According to the initial police statement, at 1:48 a.m. the cyclist, who was later identified as Rick Lomas, 31, was cycling south on the 1000 block of North California Avenue when he was struck by the westbound driver, who fled the scene. “The bicyclist refused [Emergency Medical Service] and left the scene,” the CPD statement said, adding that no drivers were in custody.

The CPD crash report states that responding officers observed bleeding from the left side of Lomas’ head. The report stated that a witness provided the motorist’s driver’s license plate number to the police. The report says that the officers ran the plate number and were able to get the car owner’s name and age and determined that the vehicle was a 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix. “It was unknown whether above said person was operating the vehicle,” the report says. Streetsblog is avoiding publishing the driver’s name in order to to prevent interfering with the investigation.

Today’s Chicago Tribune article stated police say the police “say they are still investigating and have no one in custody.” The Tribune reported that Lomas suffered a brain hemorrhage and died three days after the crash, according to a GoFundMe page intended to raise money for his hospital bills and memorial costs.

“Although Rick made it home from the accident, he suffered a brain hemorrhage,” wrote GoFundMe page creator Abigail Clough on the page. “Despite extensive medical efforts over the past few days, Rick did not wake up from his injuries. He died peacefully on May 10, 2023 with his wife Zena Lomas by his side.”

“Rick was an amazing person who worked on various home projects throughout the Logan Square community,” Clough added. “He was reliable and kind and funny. We will all miss him dearly.”

While the CPD has stated that Lomas was running a red light when he was struck, his family’s lawyer Michael Keating told the Tribune video evidence did not show the color of the stoplight. (Keating is a Streetsblog advertiser.) “There’s nothing based on what we’ve seen so far that substantiates this claim that he ran a red light.”

Keating also told the the Trib the cyclist may have turned down medical care because he was disoriented by his injury. The attorney added that Lomas was a British citizen who was trying to become an American citizen.

“Rick brought peace in my soul and made me the happiest woman in the universe,” Zena Lomas wrote on Facebook, according to the Tribune. “I don’t know why things happen the way they do, but I know forever in my heart how lucky I was to have him in my life.”

Violence against Chicago bicyclists has been on the rise lately, the Tribune noted. At 1 a.m. Monday morning, a 62-year old bike rider was attacked by person with a construction sign in the 2200 block of South State Street in the South Loop. According to the police, the attacker then assaulted the victim with his own cycle. The victim was taken by Chicago Fire Department paramedics to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition. No one has been in custody.

Read the Tribune article here.

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