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UPDATE: Cyclist Killed Following Accident in Skokie

A bicyclist died after a vehicle struck him near the intersection of Main Street and Skokie Boulevard on Thursday evening.

Update 8:48 a.m. 11/10 - 

The cyclist has been identified as 68-year-old Robert McKenney, of Skokie, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office. He was pronounced dead just hours after the accident, the Medical Examiner's Office said. 

Earlier 8:40 p.m. 11/9 -

Police are saying a cyclist was hit by a Volkswagen sedan near Main Street and Skokie Boulevard on Thursday around 7 p.m.

The bicyclist, who was said to be in his "30's or 40's," is in critical condition, according to police. He was transported to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston shortly after the accident.

The vehicle that struck the cyclist was heading southbound on Skokie Boulevard, and, according to police, the driver did not sustain any injuries. At this time, it is unclear if the driver was intoxicated.

The Volkswagen sedan could be seen wrapped around a pole along a sidewalk on Skokie Boulevard, with the bicycle itself about two feet away from the vehicle.

Officers closed off an entire block while they investigated the accident and more than four squad cars were present. At about 8:15 p.m., police said the North Regional Major Crimes Task Force, or NORTAF, were en route to investigate the accident. NORTAF is typically called when serious or fatal accidents occur in the Chicagoland area.

At this time, no further information is available. Once new details come in, Skokie Patch will update.

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Michael Patrick November 09, 2012 at 03:39 AM
The accident happened on Skokie, not Main. Chicago's recent bike lane fatalities makes me question their safety. Traffic engineering cannot overcome the often unsafe actions of roadway users, cyclists and pedestrians included.
George Slefo (Editor) November 09, 2012 at 05:00 AM
@ Michael - We never reported that the accident happened on Main Street; we said the accident occurred near the intersection of Main and Skokie Boulevard. Thanks for the comment. Best, George
John Doe November 09, 2012 at 06:36 AM
From what I have gathered from neighbors it did happen in the intersection and ended on main.
John Doe November 09, 2012 at 06:37 AM
Correction... ended on Skokie but started on Main.
Darien November 09, 2012 at 12:39 PM
I work near that intersection, at the skokie club restaurant. I was told that cyclist was killed. Our heart go out to his family. Side note, I've never understood the rationale of sidewalk cycling!?!
Brian Hickey November 09, 2012 at 02:29 PM
We need to reduce the speed limit on Skokie Boulevard to 25 mph just like Main St . and Oakton. The Skokie can rightfully boast of being a diverse Nanny village.
John Doe November 09, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Cyclist passed away at 1a.m. this morning according to another news site.
Sarah November 09, 2012 at 03:10 PM
I just read on the Trib the man did die and he was 68 and lived in Skokie
Troy November 09, 2012 at 03:14 PM
It's time to go back to horse and buggy--cars are too dangerous.
Brian Hickey November 09, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Or the Skokie Police could start ticketing south bound Skokie Boulevard between Dempster and Main Street. With a long stretch there, and no stoplights in between it's always a crap shoot pulling onto Skokie Boulevard closer to Main Street. It's not like there are tons of side streets in between where the police could perch and start writing a few. Everybody's car becomes a race car in that stretch as they "strive" to make the Main Street light headed southbound. And of course, usually they don't. But I guess this lucky driver did! What did he win? How about we start writing tickets where they should have been writing them for years now. Try around rush hour maybe, eh? Park one of Skokie's "navy blues" facing eastbound down around Lee street and start hauling cash.
Gillian Mckenney Gosch November 09, 2012 at 05:06 PM
My uncles last name is spelled mckenney. Please correct the misspelling.
George Slefo (Editor) November 09, 2012 at 05:13 PM
My apologies for your loss. The article has been updated. Best, George
Earl Weiss November 09, 2012 at 05:21 PM
"Brian Hickey Everybody's car becomes a race car in that they "strive" to make the Main Street light headed southbound. ................ But I guess this lucky driver did! What did he win?" You indicate this driver was speeding? How do you come by that information? You indicate this driver was crossing the intersection with a green light and the cyclist was crossing against the light? How do you come by this information?
Gillian Mckenney Gosch November 09, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Thank you
Cal November 09, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Doesn’t help either that half the fat people turning into the alley for Dunkin' Donuts either!! And not enough police presence Either!!! Try crossing the side street on Keeney and Skokie BLD or on the next block of Keeney and Keating where they blow the stop sign continuously from 5-7pm trying to get off of Skokie blv back up from Oakton!! Kids getting off the bus are at Risk daily!! When will Van Dusen do Something??? How many have to Die??? RIDICULOS and how about the drug dealers still all over by Keating and Keeney.
Brian Hickey November 09, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Earl...I live a block away from where he was mowed down. I like and respect your opinions...IE. poor Carter Vo killed on or just off Main St. But like you, when you live near these sorts of incidents...you become a "witness" every day of your life. Should I blame an old man who crossed Skokie Boulevard under the cover of darkness? Try puilling from Elm onto Skokie boulevard or making a left turn onto Elm when northbound on Skokie Blvd. People drive like fools in this area of Skokie Boulevard every day. I don't want a traffic light between Dempster and Main Sstreet because it truly isn't needed. But between around 3:30 PM to 7:30 PM....it's idiot raceway. Do I need to contact my attorney Earl?...sounds like attorney cross interrogation in a court of law. " You indicate this driver was speeding? How do you come by that information? You indicate this driver was crossing the intersection with a green light and the cyclist was crossing against the light? How do you come by this information? " No Earl, I didn't indicate either. Read a little slower it might help. Please don't try and put words in my mouth. I won't put anything in yours. I simply made an observation about what I see occur daily in this location. You drew your own conclusion. What next? I am a racist?
xcinx November 09, 2012 at 08:35 PM
I am so very sorry for you loss,my prayer go out to you and you family.
Cal November 09, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Nicely Said Brian!!! all through that area
Tyrone November 09, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Cyclist need to learn how to use the bike paths which the city / state have spend more then enough money on and get off of the streets.
John Doe November 09, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Tyrone, please go around Skokie, and inform the public where these bike lanes are that you say the city/state have spent more *than enough money on. Since you are so well informed on the amount bike lanes you could do your part to inform the public because there are literally no bike lanes throughout Skokie. Yes there may be signs for bikes routes but those do not qualify as a bike path.
xcinx November 09, 2012 at 09:43 PM
@ Tyrone Our family is avid bike riders, so could you please inform us where thoes bike paths are? We have had many friends that have been hit by cars and seriously hurt. The only bike "path" that I know of in Skokie runs along the train track by the Skokie Swift and that only about 6 blocks!!!
John Doe November 09, 2012 at 10:25 PM
My point exactly. There really are no bike paths in Skokie. The only safe place is on the art trail, the new paved trail by the swift and the forest preserve. I am also an avid bike rider and have had loads of problems while either commuting or exercising.
Patch reinstates deleted accounts! November 10, 2012 at 02:22 AM
I've complained about this before... While not a bike "path", there are bike lanes, including on Howard. BUT!!! Constantly, vehicles think the bike path is a passing lane. While I personally haven't seen a bicyclist hit while vehicles are doing this, it is only a matter of time since it seems as if this action is more automatic; I can't imagine they're looking to see if there are actually any bicyclists around. The only solution I've seen for this is, when I'm turning, I purposely sit in the middle of my lane so no one can fit around me. Not the way it's supposed to work! My condolences to Mr. McKenney's family.
Ben November 10, 2012 at 04:41 AM
I saw this accident from across the street. I saw the moment of impact but not what led up to it. I did not see what led to the accident but from what I saw I agree with the conclusions of the police reported in this article: http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/11/09/man-riding-bike-struck-killed-by-car-in-skokie/ "Police said the bicyclist was at fault. He was riding west across Skokie between cars, and the driver tried to avoid the bicyclist, but struck him and then a light pole." By "between cars" I think they mean he was crossing the street at a gap in traffic. I believe (which matches the police report as described above) what happened is that the bicyclist was crossing Skokie Blvd riding West. It was in the middle of a block, not at an intersection. It was dark. I saw no lights on the bicycle, and besides (if this is correct about what happened) he was crossing in the middle of a block. He must have thought he could beat out traffic but didn't make it. Skokie Blvd is a wide and fast street and he was struck on the far side of crossing the street. I had the impression at the time that the driver of the car tried to brake and avoid collision, but don't know exactly why I though that. Probably I was able to see the car slowing down. It all happened so fast. As I say, the only thing I saw was the moment of impact, but from what I saw I completely believe the conclusions that the police reached.
Ben November 10, 2012 at 04:42 AM
Part 2 (too long to submit as one post)........... It was well beyond the stop light at Main. The talk about running the light at Main or that the speed limit on Skokie Blvd should be reduced. That isn't what caused the accident. Earlier posts about accidents on Main Street. This was nowhere near Main street. It was on Skokie Blvd. My condolences to the family of the bicyclist. From his address in the article he was only a few blocks from home, riding his bike towards home. It's so sad. It is a terrible thing to see someone struck down like this.
Earl Weiss November 10, 2012 at 11:36 AM
Tnank you for answering 2 simple qua\estions and clarifying your post. Since you made that post more info has been provided.
NH November 10, 2012 at 04:19 PM
In my opinion, Skokie is not a safe place for cyclists or pedestrians. Whatever the speed limit, drivers are going to speed, drive high/drunk, run stop lights, and ignore stop signs. As we saw this past summer, pedestrians are not even necessarily safe on sidewalks. Walk or bike at your own peril.
Busy Lady November 10, 2012 at 06:07 PM
To Tyrone and others like him: A man has just died. He leaves family and friends who will miss him. It is sad when people are motiviated to write about events without having all the facts and which will potentially bring more hurt to those who are already suffering. If the intent is to prevent someone else from harm, then you should use this energy productively to make a difference.
Sarah December 03, 2012 at 01:05 AM
They made main street 25 instead of 30. Have you tried riding that speed limit without any cars honking at you or flashing their lights. I live on Main and now I take Oakton to avoid the hassle. I wish Skokie would patrol main and hand out tickets or put a camera in to catch everyone going over that limit. What a mess Skokie blvd would be if they reduce the speed.
Earl Weiss December 03, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Ditto Sarah. Glad you brought it up. It's a "Nightmare on Main St." 90% of the time there aren't any pedestrians around. I go 25 MPH and I'm plagued by tailgaters who border on road rage and for a divided highway this is just a nutty speed limit. (Joining the Nutty limits in parts of MG & Evanston) Why Skokie did this based on a tragedy that had no causal connection to speed or abscence of a traffic control signal is unfathomable. The situation is exacerbated by banning trucks in Downtown Skokie forcing them off a 4 lane road down 2 lane roads of Gross Point (past a school) or Frontage to Either Howard or Main, (Past Schools) or adding to congestion on Dempster or Touhy . We need to contact the Village and Complain en masse.

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