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2018 Chicago Cycling Fatalities (SIX) (Updated 9-24-18)

Chicago Cycling Fatalities for 2018

Chainlink members: Please Continue to Post Any Chicago On-Street Cycling Fatalities for 2018 Below. Thanks.  . . .

A 67 year-old cyclist was killed In a hit-and-run 9-23-18 at Devon Avenue and McCormick Blvd. 

Jesse Rodriguez

The month of August 2018 has been especially deadly for cyclists in Chicago. Three cyclists have died in a three-week period recently. 

8-26-18 Jimmy Lispier ,42, of West Humboldt Park will be announced  by authorities as the fifth on-street Chicago cycling fatality in 2018

2-28-18 Carlos D. Ocana-Castillo, 21.
Just recently released to the media:
On Wednesday February 28, 2018, at 10:25am a driver fatality struck Carlos D. Ocana-Castillo, 21, on his bicycle from behind in 1800 block of w. 59th and fled the scene.

Carlos was hit when a vehicle's driver changed lanes and struck him from behind and then fled the scene of the fatal crash.

Carlos D. Ocana - Castillo, 21, 1800 s. 59th st. 2-28-18.

Raul Ortiz-Gomez, 41, Erie and Ogden 6-13-18

6-13-18 The fatality site was actually at Erie and Ogden and Raul Ortiz-Gomez, 41, was hit in the crosswalk! Seems to have good enough visibility sight lines. Perhaps another, "OOPS, I didn't see you!"


Update 6-16-18


Now a bystander says she was nearby when the collision occurred and says the Uber driver was driving WEST on ERIE and turning N.E.onto OGDEN when he hit and killed the cyclist. EDITED 6-16-18.


"I am so very sorry for your loss. I did not know Raul, I witnessed the accident. I spoke to him and prayed for him as we waited for the ambulance. May he rest in peace. Your family will be in my prayers."

Posted by: Andréa Murphy - Chicago, IL
Jun 16, 2018

*Music Video - about losing a close cycling friend. Future Peers - 'Lines' (3:56)

Chainlink Members: Please Contine To Post Any Chicago On-Street Cycling Fatalities For 2018 Below. Thanks. 

CDOT ultimately decides at the end of the year what the official cycling fatality count is for the year. It is not unheard of, according to their ambiguous reasoning, to eliminate a Chicago cycling fatality for no logical reason IMO, except to artificially and inaccurately lower the official  count.

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Hopefully, charges will be upgraded later.

Angela Park, 39   RIP  +

This is the fourth Chicago cyclist death for 2018.

Coach Angela Park

There is a vigil scheduled for Angela Park on Friday , August 31 at 7:10pm, Halsted and Madison. The event is being planned and organized by Ghost Bikes Chicago's Kristen Green.

"If you are attending the service, it would be Angela’s wishes that you wear pink or sparkly clothing."

Rest In Peace Fellow Cyclist . . .

Jesse Rodriguez, 67, was killed In a hit-and-run on 9-23-18 at Devon Avenue and McCormick Blvd. 

This is the sixth on-street cycling fatality in Chicago for 2018.

We have now matched the 2017 total. 

1. Carlos D. Ocana-Castillo, 21, at 1800 s. 59th St. 2-28-18.

2. Raul Ortiz-Gomez, 41, at Ogden and Erie, 6-13-18.

3. Luster Jackson, 58, at 7200 s. Stony Island, 7-28-18.

4. Angela Park, 39, at Halsted and Madison, 8-10-18. 

5. Jimmy Lispier, 42, at 4400 w. Division St. 8-23-18.

6. Jesse Rodriguez, 67, at Devon and McCormick, 9-23-18.

Video (2:32) Ghost Bike Installation Ceremony for Raul Ortiz-Gomez, 10-20-18, Chicago. 

Photos from the Ghost Bike Installation Ceremony for Raul Ortiz-Gomez 10-20-18.

thanks . . .


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