CHICAGO — A 25-year-old woman riding a Divvy bicycle was critically injured by a hit-and-run driver Sunday night.
Surveillance video shows the woman biking down the 2600 block of West Chicago Avenue around 11 p.m. Sunday when a car strikes her from behind, sending her flying over the curb and into a nearby tree.
The driver of the blue Honda Civic kept going afterwards, leaving the woman to be taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition.
Biking can be risky on streets where there are no dedicated bike lanes and lots of traffic, like the busy stretch of Chicago Avenue where the accident took place.
“On Chicago people are mindful that there are a lot of pedestrians, so they do keep themselves open for bikers,” cyclist Angel Villalovos said.
Jason Chan commutes by bicycle every day, and says it can be difficult because car culture still dominates Chicago.
“When you’re on a bike you’re hyper aware and conscious of everything and your surroundings,” Chan said.
Police are examining surveillance video of the hit-and-run Sunday, hoping it could lead them to the driver. No one is in custody for the incident.
Chan and Villalovos agreed they’d like the city to do more to keep them safe as they navigate the neighborhoods
“They’ve gone through a lot of effort and expenditure to make this a bike culture city, so it would probably behoove them now to do a little more,” Chan said.