Chicago auto accidents mar weekend

A Chicago car accident in Hyde Park has claimed the life of a 47-year-old woman, the Breaking News Center reported.

The two-car accident happened shortly before 9:30 a.m. Saturday on East 58th Street. She was pronounced dead early Sunday morning at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

A Chicago motorcycle accident seriously injured a rider who crashed into a wall on the Dan Ryan Expressway, the Sun-Times reported. He was transported to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital in critical condition. Speed is believed to be a factor in the crash.

As our Chicago injury lawyers have been reporting all spring, serious and fatal motorcycle accidents continue to concern authorities in Illinois and law enforcement nationwide. In 2008, a total of 121 riders were killed in Illinois motorcycle accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

In Kane County, a car accident critically injured a 24-year-old Aurora man on Route 25 near Bond Street on Saturday night, The Beacon-News reported. The man was driving a 2009 Chevy Colbalt south on Route 29, when the vehicle crossed into the northbound lanes and struck a 2002 GMC Yukon, according to the sheriff’s office.

The 17-year-old driver of the Yukon and two passengers, ages 15 and 18, were also transported to area hospitals with injuries.

The sheriff’s office and the Kane County Accident Reconstruction Team are investigating the crash, which closed Route 25 until about 10 p.m.

The Beacon-News also reported an Aurora bicycle accident seriously injured a man Friday night. A 24-year-old Joliet woman was cited for failure to reduce speed as a result of the collision.