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    Fatal Accident in Chicago

    http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?sec...cal&id=7076061

    http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2...ellington.html

    This is a terrible tragedy. Damen is a popular bike right and riding through this intersection is sure to send chills down all our necks when we ride by it. Looks like it happened on the way home from work. Liza Whitacre was 23yrs old and apparently riding with a friend. Not too many details at this point. Too young

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    I going to show this to all my urban friends that do the squeeze. I was trying to get them to take the lane with me and ride as a big 10mph herd but at every chance they would duck between traffic and the curb, esp stacked up lights. Those buses and trucks look deadly....

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    Horrible story - so sad. Riders in Chicago must roll out with the understanding that almost no one in a vehicle around them cares whether they live or die. It's a cold place, believe me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by timesguy View Post
    http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?sec...cal&id=7076061

    http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2...ellington.html

    This is a terrible tragedy. Damen is a popular bike right and riding through this intersection is sure to send chills down all our necks when we ride by it. Looks like it happened on the way home from work. Liza Whitacre was 23yrs old and apparently riding with a friend. Not too many details at this point. Too young
    What caused the young lady to fall? Did she wobble at the wrong moment? Or did she brush the stopped bus, or did the truck brush her? What caused her to fall?
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    So she fell over filtering between a bus and a truck, the truck started up and ran over her?

    Does this sound like an accurate summary?

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    No real info on what happened. The first link claims the woman went around a bus and was hit by a truck. No info on lanes or anything. The 2nd link claims that the woman was traveling between the bus and truck, indicating that she was splitting lanes, and the bus and truck were each in a lane. The 2nd linked article then claims that the woman "fell from her bicyle," and "slipped and fell underneath the truck." This implies that her ass somehow slipped off the saddle and she fell off the side of her bike under the truck. Well, as anyone who has ridden a bike in this decade knows, that obviously didn't happen.
    Maybe the person she was riding with knows what happened, but these papers clearly didn't put too much effort into these 'reports.'

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    Quote Originally Posted by yes View Post
    No real info on what happened. The first link claims the woman went around a bus and was hit by a truck. No info on lanes or anything. The 2nd link claims that the woman was traveling between the bus and truck, indicating that she was splitting lanes, and the bus and truck were each in a lane. The 2nd linked article then claims that the woman "fell from her bicycle," and "slipped and fell underneath the truck." This implies that her ass somehow slipped off the saddle and she fell off the side of her bike under the truck. Well, as anyone who has ridden a bike in this decade knows, that obviously didn't happen.
    Maybe the person she was riding with knows what happened, but these papers clearly didn't put too much effort into these 'reports.'
    Or maybe the witness who helped the young lady saw what happened. I wonder if there were any kind of security or CCTV camera's in the area. Something that would give us an unbiased account of what happened.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Digital_Cowboy View Post
    What caused the young lady to fall?
    Clearly, the lack of helmet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by closetbiker View Post
    Clearly, the lack of helmet.
    You lie!
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    Quote Originally Posted by closetbiker View Post
    Clearly, the lack of helmet.
    Your smart ass comment about a young woman's death is completely inappropriate. I suggest you spend some quality time with yourself.
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    Unless the autopsy shows she died from her head being run over by the truck, the obligatory 'helmet' comment in the article was equally inappropriate; I believe that's the source of the sarcasm.

    F'n mainstream newspaper clowns, quick to jump on the 'magic bullet' of the helmet......

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    There's one kind of lane splitting I won't do and that's with an 18 wheel truck. I would rather stay behind one than take a chance because those wheels can easily crush you should the driver make a mistake.

    I think the driver of the truck decided to change lanes and caused the accident. However, we'll never know and since the poor girl isn't alive to give her side of the story. In the end, she got the blame because of lane splitting. The driver will always say "she fell" in an accident like this.

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    The eyewitness that probably saw it was one of my friends. She was really close to the girl who died. She apparently fell off her bike and got crushed under the truck. It was horrible.

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    She went to my kid's Jr and Sr High and is two years older than my oldest kid. My son knows people close to her, she was a lovely young lady and this has really hit our community hard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DX-MAN View Post
    F'n mainstream newspaper clowns, quick to jump on the 'magic bullet' of the helmet......
    Yup. That was the point. Sarcasm. Magic bullet. Poor coverage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dahon.Steve View Post
    There's one kind of lane splitting I won't do and that's with an 18 wheel truck. I would rather stay behind one than take a chance because those wheels can easily crush you should the driver make a mistake.

    I think the driver of the truck decided to change lanes and caused the accident. However, we'll never know and since the poor girl isn't alive to give her side of the story. In the end, she got the blame because of lane splitting. The driver will always say "she fell" in an accident like this.
    It's possible she did.

    Most trucks even the aerodynamic ones really affect air flow, even at relatively low speeds. This affect would be amplified by the stationary bus, this sudden wind could have pushed the cyclist over, since the bus asn't going anywhere, the bicycle would go into the huge space under the truck. Possibly one of the few situations that is truly a traffic accident. Helmet or not, would not change this situation, plastic or metal guards on the sides of trucks to prevent someone going under would.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dahon.Steve View Post
    I think the driver of the truck decided to change lanes and caused the accident. However, we'll never know and since the poor girl isn't alive to give her side of the story. In the end, she got the blame because of lane splitting. The driver will always say "she fell" in an accident like this.
    There's no lane available to change into. Wellington is a one lane one-way street, and Damen is a two lane street, one lane in each direction. It must have occurred on Damen since that is the CTA bus route, and it's a fairly narrow street for what is considered a thoroughfare street. If the truck was adjacent to the bus there would likely be little room between them to filter through.

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    Word is the two riders touched wheels and Liza fell. Nobody is blaming the driver or the other rider (Liza's roomate), it was a very sad accident.

    Here's a little better story about Liza:
    http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=331391

    Liza Whitacre loved riding her new 10-speed Surly over the Chicago streets, whether commuting to work in an environmentally-friendly manner or leisurely cruising the city she adored.
    "She just was very ambitious about it," said Whitacre's younger sister, Lauren Whitacre, 18. "Each day she kind of pushed to see how far she could ride. Her next goal was to ride it from Chicago all the way to Palatine."
    But the 20-year-old Loyola University student's aspirations and life were cut short Wednesday.
    Whitacre, a Palatine native and Fremd High School graduate, was killed in a accident as she pedalled through Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood. Authorities said she fell from her bike while trying to pass between a truck and a CTA bus, and was run over by the truck near Damen and Wellington avenues.
    As of Friday afternoon, police had not issued any citations in the accident.
    In Whitacre's memory, at 7 p.m. Sunday friends and family members will ride the few blocks between Metropolis Coffee Co., 1039 W. Granville Ave., where Whitacre worked, to the place where she died.
    "We are just trying to celebrate her as much as we can," Lauren said.
    Lauren said her sister, a 2007 graduate of Fremd High School, was part of a "coffee drinking, bike riding community in Chicago," who participated in Critical Mass, a monthly biking event where thousands of cyclists take over the downtown Chicago streets.
    Lauren followed her sister first to Quest Academy in Palatine for junior high, then to Fremd, and finally to Chicago, where she attends Columbia College.
    "We were basically inseparable when we were younger," Lauren said. "I never wanted to do anything without her and very much followed her around."
    "I'm happy that I'm going to be living there and being in the city that she loved because I love it just as much she did."
    At Fremd, Liza Whitacre was an advanced placement honors student and played for the volleyball and lacrosse teams.
    Fremd lacrosse coach Francesco D'Avola remembered Whitacre's leadership qualities and said she was mature beyond her years.
    D'Avola has been busy the last couple days fielding calls from Whitacre's former teammates, now scattered across the country. Many of the young women are returning home to mourn their friend.
    "It's a tragedy for them and they're not used to it," D'Avola said.
    D'Avola kept a letter that Whitacre wrote anonymously to her lacrosse teammates during a rough patch at the end of her senior season. The letter urges her teammates to dig deeper with only three games left - to ignore the drama sometimes associated with female sports teams and come together.
    D'Avola said Whitacre urged her team to "sprint their booties to the ball" and make the best of their remaining games. He recalled passing the note to the team while on their way to a game. The note now has a home inside a team scrapbook.
    "She was an amazing girl," D'Avola said.
    Having grown up in a Christian household, Whitacre also led and mentored a small group of junior high kids at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington.
    She wanted to be a missionary at first, but most recently Whitacre was studying French and international business at Loyola University in Chicago. Her goal was to open a coffee shop in France.
    Survivors include parents, David and Cecilia Whitacre of Palatine; sister Lauren Whitacre and brother Max Whitacre.
    A funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Willow Creek Community Church Chapel, 67 E. Algonquin Road, South Barrington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Compassion International.
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