Illinois bike accident claims life of 55-year-old woman

A female bicyclist was killed Monday morning in an Illinois car vs. bike accident that occurred in Gibson City, according to the News Gazette. The victim, Jeanne C. DeWall, was using her bicycle to deliver newspapers for the News-Gazette at the time of the crash.

The bike rider was moving eastbound on Illinois 9 when she was hit by an eastbound car that was being driven by a 73-year-old man from Paxton. The collision occurred around 6 AM in the area of Ford Country Road 905 East. She was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.

The Illinois State Police responded to the accident. Their investigation reportedly showed that the driver did not see the bicyclist, and that he may have been affected by headlights from oncoming traffic.

It was not reported if drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash, or if state police would be issuing the driver any traffic citations.

It has also not been reported if Illinois injury attorneys are involved in the case yet. In this type of accident, the family of the victim may have two types of claims to pursue. First, it is being reported that the woman was on the job at the time of the accident. The injury attorney that represents the woman’s family first may be able to pursue an Illinois workers’ compensation claim. Second, the attorney will pursue a third-party negligence claim against the at fault driver and his auto insurance carrier.

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