CHICAGO (TOC) — Some North Facet residents are hoping for change after a 3-year-old lady was fatally struck by a semi Thursday morning.
The toddler was killed when she was hit whereas driving on the again of her mom’s bicycle, in keeping with police.
It occurred round 8:15 a.m. within the 1100-block of West Leland Avenue in Uptown Thursday, officers stated.
The semi was pulling away from a cease signal at Leland and Winthrop avenues round 8:15 a.m. when it knocked the mom off steadiness and the lady was thrown from a baby provider on the bike, in keeping with a police report.
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The lady’s father, who was following on his personal bike, stated his spouse was “crowded” between the semi and the ComEd truck. Different witnesses stated the mom was startled when the semi began transferring, tried to regain her steadiness and was clipped by the truck.
The kid fell off the bike and was dragged by the semi for greater than 20 ft, the police report states. The kid was carrying a helmet and was sitting in a baby provider hooked up to the rear of the bike, police stated.
“We simply heard screaming after which we rotated and, I am assuming it was the daddy, simply pounding on the truck to again up so they may pull the kid out from beneath it,” stated Tim Bartsch, witness.
The toddler who was killed was recognized as 3-year-old Elizabeth Grace Shambrook. Her father stated she glided by Lily Grace, and he described her as sensible, humorous and vibrant.
Her father stated the accident was solely preventable. He’s upset the ComEd truck was parked within the bike lane, and that the semi was driving down a residential road.
“For some purpose there’s all the time 18-wheelers, all meals vehicles, happening right here on a regular basis,” Bartsch stated. “The Christopher Home is true there with children taking part in on a regular basis. It does not make any sense why Leland is an enormous intersection for 18-wheelers.”
Native leaders agree one thing wants to vary. Alderman James Cappleman stated he plans to ask the Chicago Division of Transportation for a security assessment on this space of Leland and Winthrop the place the lady was killed.
“I can not think about what a guardian goes by. This might be one thing that may hang-out this guardian for the remainder of her life,” Cappleman stated.
Leland Avenue is a chosen bike route that options dashed trails on the facet of the street. However the bike lanes are unprotected, which implies there aren’t any boundaries between riders and motor automobiles.
“Paint isn’t safety!” stated Courtney Cobbs, with Higher Streets Chicago. “Paint isn’t going to guard you when a automotive weaves into the bike lane.”
It is a route Cobbs tries to keep away from.
“There are not any pace humps,” Cobbs stated. “The street is de facto vast, and there nothing to stop anybody from weaving.”
Now, that route is marked with a memorial for 3-year-old Lily Shambrook. The toddler’s dying got here simply weeks after a 23-year-old bicyclist was hit and killed close to North Milwaukee and Kilbourn avenues final month. That intersection now has plans to construct raised concrete curbs to guard riders.
“It is a tragic crash and a preventable crash,” stated Kyle Whitehead with Energetic Transportation Alliance.
The Energetic Transportation Alliance stated these bike lanes aren’t sufficient generally due to how busy metropolis streets are.
“That is one thing we see, not simply on this neighborhood, however in neighborhoods all throughout town and it is one thing folks have longed complained about and pointed to as one thing town ought to handle,” Whitehead stated.
The group is asking metropolis leaders for extra infrastructure to sluggish automobiles down.
Whitehead stated that may occur with raised crosswalks and raised intersections, amongst different issues.
“We must be paying additional consideration and investing extra into the security infrastructure that we all know can forestall crashes and save lives,” he added.
“If town actually desires to make it occur, they will make it occur,” Cobbs stated. “And, the truth that they don’t seem to be doing it says that my life isn’t a precedence. The lives of people that get round by bike are usually not a precedence, proper now.”
ComEd issued a press release saying, “ComEd was issued a allow by the Chicago Division of Transportation to carry out work within the space, nonetheless, our investigation into the accident is ongoing.”
Police are nonetheless investigating the incident with the help of the Main Accident Investigation Unit.
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