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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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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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