Cyclist critically injured by car in weekend Chicago bicycle accident

A cyclist was killed over the weekend in a Chicago bicycle accident involving a 2004 Chevy Monte Carlo, the Sun-Times reported.

The bicyclist was struck by the car shortly after 11:30 p.m. Sunday night in Chicago’s Jefferson Park neighborhood, according to police.

The 22-year-old Northwest Side man was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center , where he was listed in critical condition Monday afternoon.

The driver was issued two citations for negligent driving and overtaking a vehicle on the right, according to police.

The Monte Carlo was driving south on Austin when it went around a vehicle stopped at a green light and struck the cyclist, who was headed west on Montrose. The driver stopped, called 911 and attempted to assist the cyclist, police reported.

A total of 716 bicyclists were killed in the United States last year and another 52,000 injured, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Illinois had the sixth-highest bicycle fatality rate in the country last year when 27 people were killed and 3,385 injured, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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