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Old 02-27-06, 03:14 PM   #1
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chicago: yellow hummer hit+run, one of our own

she hasn't been very active here lately, but solostyle (arch) rode the chicago fixed century with a bunch of us last summer. her'e's a press release that mentions the incident.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, Evanston Bicycle Club respond to Hummer
hit-and-run

WHAT
The Chicagoland Bicycle Federation and Evanston Bicycle Club are holding
a news conference to bring attention to the city of Evanston's effort to
track down a yellow Hummer H2 that ignored a stop sign and struck and
seriously injured Northwestern University student Archana Sriram in a
hit-and-run Feb. 16 at the intersection of Lake Street and Sherman
Avenue in Evanston. Organizers will call on the community to embrace the
Chicagoland Bicycle Federation's Drive With Care campaign. The news
conference is open to the public.

WHY
*Chicagoland Bicycle Federation Healthy Streets Campaign Coordinator
Randy Neufeld will emphasize how citizens can help stop hit-and-run
drivers (i.e., recording license plate numbers, taking photographs).
Reckless driving is injuring or killing bicyclists such as Archana
Sriram and pedestrians. More than 160 bicyclists and pedestrians are
killed annually in the Chicago metropolitan area.
*Neufeld will also speak on how city planners and traffic engineers can
promote safer traffic. Motorist behavior can be improved through a
coordinated campaign involving self-enforcing design, state-of-the-art
law enforcement techniques and marketing that stigmatizes reckless
driving. These are the three components of the Chicagoland Bicycle
Federation's new Drive With Care campaign.
*Evanston Bicycle Club President Neal Ney will address upcoming
implementation of the 2002 Evanston Bicycle Plan, which calls for safer
cycling and promotes traffic calming.
*Evanston Police Chief Frank Kaminski is invited to speak.

WHEN
Friday, Feb. 24, 2006
8:30 a.m.

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the news conference has passed, and I kinda dismissed this as just another hit-and-run until I got the follow-up press release today, where her name just caught the corner of my eye.

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Thanks to the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, Evanston Bicycle Club, and Evanston’s Transportation Future, more than 50 people (including many members of the Evanston Bicycle Club and riders on the Frozen Snot Century) attended Friday morning's news conference in Evanston. CBF’s Randy Neufeld, EBC President Neal Ney, and Evanston Police Department Chief Frank Kaminski spoke on the need for all of us to work together to share the streets in safety.

Reporters from WGN-TV Channel 9, WLS-TV Channel 7, WFLD-TV Channel 32, the Daily Northwestern and the Chicago Tribune were among the media there. WFLD broadcast Friday night a lengthy piece on the incident.*

Archana Sriram, the cyclist hit by the yellow Hummer H2, is doing well and was on schedule to leave the hospital Saturday morning. She's very appreciative of the efforts of other cyclists and the Evanston Police Department to pursue the Hummer driver.

In a broader effort to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety on the region’s streets, CBF is sponsoring the Third Annual Healthy Streets Conference: Drive with Care on March 22. For more information, visit www.healthystreets.org. The Drive with Care campaign will show how communities integrating enforcement, marketing, and street design can accomplish real solutions for dangerous driving.

The City of Evanston is moving ahead with the Evanston Bicycle System Improvement Plan, completed in August, 2002. Final state approval of the implementation plan is expected by April. The shared lane markings and route signage should improve safety by incorporating tested and proven engineering principles that improve behavior of cyclists and vehicle drivers.

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I'm learning that it never IS just another hit-and-run. arch if you read this hope you're doing ok.
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Old 02-27-06, 03:18 PM   #2
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****, I though she looked familiar!! I saw her do an interview the other day.
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hopefully a yellow hummer stands out enough that they find this driver.
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Old 02-27-06, 03:20 PM   #4
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there are two yellow hummers that live on my street. there must be dozens and dozens throughout the city.

who knows if the CPD will actually check 'em out.

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Hopefully, it's still yellow.
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Wow. I hope solostyle has an expediant and complete recovery.

How many yellow H2s can there be in Chicago? Assuming the number is reasonable, I wonder what it would take to get the police to write up some kind of a mass warrant to inspect yellow H2s in the area for the kind of damage that would be caused by slamming into a cyclist.
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Old 02-27-06, 03:27 PM   #7
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goddamnit. Without plates, that hummer is going to be hard to find.
It was in Evanston, not Chicago. Hopefully the driver will be overwhelmed
by guilt and turn themself in a la The Machinist.
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Definitely, get better soon Archana (but not too much sooner than your doctor suggests...).

Well, H2 may be relatively common, but at least it is a pretty unmistakeable car model. Pretty much anybody can identify one of them with confidence, whereas with most cars I couldn't easily tell what it is at first glance.

When I got hit and run, there were 6 witnesses and not one of them knew what the model was. "it was black, and like....a sports car". With an H2, it isn't like a witness would ever waffle on the model of car during the trial.

edit: and if you're reading Arch...get a LAWYER. gorn mentioned them saying it was hard to search for yellow hummers? my ass, I am pretty sure lexus nexus can search for that.
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Pretty sure it can't. But the cops can.

Here's the thing about the lawyer: won't do you any good until you know who hit you. A victim only retains a lawyer if they're planning on a civil suit. It's the responsibility of the state to file and prosecute criminal charges.
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I don't know how much is going to help, but there is someone who owns a yellow Hummer that parks his Hummer in the parking garage on the Grand and LSD parking Garage right in front of the bus stop where the #66 Grand bus stop is, just west of LSD. The garage is on the north side of Grand. There is a new condo building (where Eddie and Jobo from B96 live, and it has balconies). Right west of that building is the parking garage (ground level). That's where one of the two Hummers owned by downtown Chicago residents parks. Maybe if you pass this to Randy, he can do a little investigating.

I think the second Hummer is parked (usually) on Walton and Rush... or Walton and State? Sometimes, they valet park at one of the swanky restaurants like Hugo Frog or Carson's.

I hope they catch that hole. Damn hummers are so big you can't even see other cars when you're driving them.

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Archana's jaw and leg and pelvis were broken. The pelvis factures are "stable fractures" meaning no surgery is required, they'll heal alright if just left alone. The jaw surgery was done the day of the accident and the leg surgery was done last tuesday. She won't be able to bear weight on the injured leg for three months, but she's been using crutches and is pretty comfortable on them. Her jaw is wired shut (think rubber bands used for braces, but tighter), meaning she can't eat solids. She's still able to talk, laugh, and smile. Her jaw should be back to normal in about 4 and a half weeks.

The EPD has contacted the secretary of state to get a list of yellow hummers, but I don't know if they've gotten one yet. If you see a yellow hummer in the area you can report it at 847-866-5000.

Today she was supposed to be moved to RIC (Rehab Institute of Chicago) where hopefully she'll have internet access. If not I'll bring her this thread, and people can PM me to get in touch with her.
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it's not the hummer, it's the driver.
really... hummers make sense in this city. I'm wanna get one for many reasons—peace of mind, to be safe from cyclists, parking, etc.
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/3493826...n/photostream/
Photo of her + news conference photos
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Unfortunately yellow hummers in Chicago seem to be quite popular. I blame college football, the internet, and entrepreneurship.

Oh and white baseball hats...backwards
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haha steaktaco, if i ever saw you in a hummer, no ammount of steel could protect you.
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Archana's jaw and leg and pelvis were broken. The pelvis factures are "stable fractures" meaning no surgery is required, they'll heal alright if just left alone. The jaw surgery was done the day of the accident and the leg surgery was done last tuesday. She won't be able to bear weight on the injured leg for three months, but she's been using crutches and is pretty comfortable on them. Her jaw is wired shut (think rubber bands used for braces, but tighter), meaning she can't eat solids. She's still able to talk, laugh, and smile. Her jaw should be back to normal in about 4 and a half weeks.

The EPD has contacted the secretary of state to get a list of yellow hummers, but I don't know if they've gotten one yet. If you see a yellow hummer in the area you can report it at 847-866-5000.

Today she was supposed to be moved to RIC (Rehab Institute of Chicago) where hopefully she'll have internet access. If not I'll bring her this thread, and people can PM me to get in touch with her.
****. it's worse than I thought. wanna put together a get well soon pot in her honor?
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****. it's worse than I thought. wanna put together a get well soon pot in her honor?
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Thank god for medical insurance (I'm assuming she has it if she's a student...usually required).
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Holy sh..
How does one survive that?
I wish you a speedy recovery..
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****. it's worse than I thought. wanna put together a get well soon pot in her honor?
absolutely steaky. how should we do it? paypal?

re: hummers. i don't usually condone destruction of property, but this was funny. one day i rode by an H2 painted the most rediculous pink/orange color. someone had taken a key and etched into the side, in huge letters:

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She has insurance.

And yes, cphfxt, it could've been a lot worse. Hummers don't belong on the street.
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absolutely steaky. how should we do it? paypal?

re: hummers. i don't usually condone destruction of property, but this was funny. one day i rode by an H2 painted the most rediculous pink/orange color. someone had taken a key and etched into the side, in huge letters:

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I've seen a pink hummer around wicker park the past four years. I swear to god the lady who drives it is the live-action barbie.

not paypal, and not anything ridiculous. let's get together via email/PM to see what would be an appropriate, meaningful, but fun gift.
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