Bicyclist ‘critical’ after collision with motorcycle


A collision in downtown Evanston this morning between a bicycle and a motorcycle resulted in head injury to the bicyclist, who was listed in critical condition at Evanston Hospital following surgery.

The collision occurred at about 9 a.m. on Church Street between Orrington and Chicago avenues.

Police said the motorcyclist was traveling eastbound on Church Street when the bicyclist, a 55-year-old Evanston woman, who was also traveling eastbound in the bike lane, crossed Church Street in the middle of the block into the path of the motorcycle.

The injured cyclist, who police said was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, was transported to the hospital by Fire Department paramedics.

The operator of the motorcycle, a 27-year-old Chicago man, was not injured, police said.

The EPD Traffic Bureau located a witness who observed the bicyclist cross Church Street and make contact with the motorcycle.

The 600 block of Church Street was closed to traffic for about three hours while Evanston police, assisted by the regional Major Crash Assistance Team, conducted their investigation.

The motorcyclist was not charged, police said.

Top: File photo of the mobile laboratory of the Major Crash Assistance Team that aided in the investigation of the accident.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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