A woman in Peru, Illinois, was riding her bike on the road when she was struck and killed by a vehicle. She did not pass away at the scene, but was taken by the emergency crews to a hospital in Peoria. It was there that she was declared dead from the incident, in which she was hit by a van and apparently flew into the air and smashed into the van’s windshield.
According to police, the accident took place right around 4:13 p.m. The woman’s bike had an engine and pedals, so it was a combination of a lightweight motorcycle and a standard bicycle, though the motor ran on an electric charge and not on gas.
Both the van and the bike were said to be traveling in the same direction, going south on North Peoria Street.
The police did give the driver of the van a ticket, saying that she should have slowed down to keep from being involved in the crash. However, police did also state that the driver of the van was not impaired and that she did not appear to be driving recklessly. There were six people in the van, and none of them were injured.
The woman who was hit was 51 years old. Police said that she did not have a bike helmet on at the time of the crash. She died at St. Francis Medical Center, and the time of death was officially listed as 11:39 p.m.
When people are hit and killed in car accidents, whether or not reckless driving comes into the picture, it is important for the families of those who are killed to know what rights they still retain to seek compensation for their loss from the driver who caused the incident.
Source: Source: News Tribune, “Peru woman dies after van-bike crash,” No author given, July 9, 2014