Witnessing cyclist’s death prompts business owner to make trucks safer

CHICAGO -- Five Chicago bicyclists have died since June after being hit by large commercial trucks.

The latest was yesterday morning in Roscoe Village.   23-year-old Anastasia Kondrasheva was on her bike and stopped at a light at Addison and Damen. She was to the right of a smaller flatbed truck that was stopped as well. When the truck driver turned right, its back tires ran over Anastasia.

The driver of the truck, a 38-year-old man, was cited with failure to exercise due care around a pedestrian.

Chris Spicer saw the accident

“I got to the lady and I just froze. She was gone. There was nothing I could do,” he said.

Chris is the co-owner of Lakefront Supply Company. His driver was not involved in this accident, but the truck was just like the trucks his guys drive daily.

“In my mind, I saw my truck,” Chris said. “I saw my driver on the ground sobbing uncontrollably because he just took someone’s life.”

Chris came back to work and talked to his drivers. He wants to make sure they're never in an accident like this. So today he installed fender mirrors on all nine of his flatbed trucks.

He also wants to warn bicyclists to stay behind the back wheels.

“(Our) truck is 28 feet long. (A cyclists) is behind the tires and they’re in the view of the rear view mirror.”

Chris also says the city could paint a red or yellow zone 25 feet from a corner so bikers would know where to stop and ensure they're safety even more.
The city is set to release a three year plan to help eliminate all bike traffic deaths.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for Anastasia's family.  You can find it here.