CHICAGO – Chicago police are searching for a driver who hit a Divvy bike rider early Tuesday before driving off, leaving the man in critical condition.
A 32-year-old man was riding Divvy bikes with his wife on the 400 block of Grand Avenue, near the Chicago River bridge, when he was struck by a dark-colored sedan around 1:15 a.m. Tuesday. A witness told police the driver then fled westbound.
The man was taken to Northwestern Hospital, where he remains in critical condition. Surveillance video captures the moments leading up to the accident, but does not show the actual collision.
During rush hour Tuesday morning, the incident caught the attention of bikers who frequent the same stretch of road through River North. Jay Weinberg has been riding the same stretch every day. He says it gets dark at night, and the road narrows as you reach the bridge.
“I’m not surprised that there was an accident when you have someone driving on the road like that but still a car needs to be very careful,” Weinberg said.
Police are still searching for the driver and the car, which is believe to be a dark colored Honda or Toyota.
Whether they catch the driver or not, it has some cyclists on high alert when coming to the bridge.
“If you’re riding and approaching it then you sort of almost want to get off and walk it across,” cyclist Tyese Williams said.
Police still don’t know who they’re looking for. But they’re hoping to get a license plate from surveillance video to track them down.