Bicyclist killed in Old Irving Park hit-and-run crash; Charges pending against suspect, police say

Bicyclist killed in Old Irving Park hit-and-run crash; Charges pending against suspect, police say

CHICAGO (TOC) — Chicago police stated prices are pending towards a suspect in a hit-and-run crash that killed a bicyclist on the town’s Northwest Facet.

The 23-year-old sufferer was hit by a automobile round 9:30 p.m. Wednesday within the 3800-block of North Milwaukee Avenue, police stated.

The sufferer has been recognized to the Cook dinner County Medical Examiner’s Workplace as Nick Parlingayan.

“I stated I will not consider it till I see him,” Gigi Javier, Paringayan’s mom, stated. “I nonetheless need to consider or hope that is it is not him however I suppose that is not going to occur.”

Parlingayan’s household positioned flowers close to the intersection of North Milwaukee and Kilbourn avenues Thursday.

“One of many smartest youngsters I do know,” stated his stepfather, Ariel Javier. “Very useful, very beneficiant. All people was….they cherished, they cherished him. He was such a very good child, such a younger age for him to go this manner.”

Parlingayan’s longtime neighbor Stuart Henrichs described him as a tough employee who all the time greeted individuals with an enormous smile.

“I imply, he was a very good particular person,” Henrichs stated. “I imply, you do not come throughout that too usually anymore and he was a really type particular person.”

The automobile fled northbound on Milwaukee Avenue, police stated. In a neighborhood alert, police stated the automobile is a 2020 to 2022 black Nissan Versa.

“Individuals blow by means of this gentle over right here on a regular basis,” Kim Payne, neighbor, stated. “And there is a drawback. They pace down this highway. It is tragic.”

Bicyclist Patrick Wyatt stated a development venture close to the scene has made the world harmful for cyclists.

“Earlier than it was superb once you trip your bike by means of right here however now that they have this development proper right here, they obtained it down to at least one lane and there is actually no bike lanes, so I imply I am not shocked that any individual obtained hit over right here,” Wyatt stated.

Alex Perez, with Lively Transportation Alliance, stated painted bike lanes should not safety.

“Paint is one factor achieved, but it surely’s not safety,” Perez stated. “Pillars which are plastic are one factor, however they don’t seem to be safety. What we advocate for is concrete defending bike lanes that method if you end up in a motorbike lane there may be some bodily safety.”

To date this 12 months, a minimum of three bicyclists have been killed in Chicago. And the town’s knowledge reveals, final 12 months, greater than 1,600 cyclists have been concerned in crashes.

The crash occurred in the identical intersection the place a ghost bike memorial is chained to a pole in reminiscence of Carla Aiello, a girl who was killed after being hit by a dump truck again in 2019.

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