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A bicyling death

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I was going to write a list of best things about bike commuting today, but will wait because I wanted to note the passing of a 23-year-old woman who was killed while riding her bike on the North Side. Here's what The Active Transportation Alliance has to say about this death, and the death of a pregnant woman and her child who were killed after a driver allegedly ran a red light, crashing into another car, which plowed into four pedestrians:

"It is getting dark earlier and that means that everyone needs to be more vigilant when it comes to traffic safety. Watch for people crossing the street. Look in your rearview mirror before opening your car door. Wear your front headlight when biking at night or when it is cloudy," said Rob Sadowsky, executive director of the Active Transportation Alliance. "Stop for the red lights. Stop for pedestrians. Drive with care; our lives are at stake."

Here's the story the Sun-times news wire did on the bicycle accident.

Cyclist killed after being pinned beneath truck
Last updated at: 12:45 PM, Oct 22, 2009

A 23-year-old woman was killed Wednesday when she fell underneath a truck
while riding her bicycle in the Roscoe Village neighborhood.

Liza Whitacre of 4936 N. Winthrop Ave. was taken to Advocate Illinois
Masonic Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 12:54 p.m.,
according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.

A Thursday autopsy revealed Whitacre died of multiple injuries from a truck
striking a bicyclist and her death was ruled an accident, the medical
examiner's office said.

About 12:30 p.m., she was riding south on Damen Avenue with her roommate, a
24-year-old woman who was riding in front of her, police News Affairs
Officer John Mirabelli said.

Both women were riding between two vehicles -- a truck and a CTA bus -- and
came up to a red light in the 2000 block of West Wellington Avenue,
Mirabelli said.

As traffic began moving, the 24-year-old was able to ride between the
vehicles but Whitacre slipped and fell beneath the truck as it accelerated,
Mirabelli said. She was run over by the truck.

Her roommate was not injured in the incident.

No citations or charges were expected to be issued, News Affairs Officer
Laura Kubiak said. The police Major Accident Investigation Unit is

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