LOGAN SQUARE — A 30-year-old woman who was hit by a driver of a stolen car while riding her bicycle near the Logan Square-Avondale border earlier this month is on a long road to recovery after sustaining serious injuries.
The cyclist, who wants to remain anonymous, is home from the hospital, but can’t walk without assistance, according to her attorney Brendan Kevenides.
She came away from the crash — which happened just after 3:15 p.m. Sept. 4 in the 2800 block of North Sacramento Avenue — with spinal fractures, broken ribs, a fractured shoulder, a collapsed lung and lacerations, Kevenides said.
“Only time well tell” if the cyclist will be able to walk again without assistance, according to Kevenides, adding that she can’t begin physical therapy for several weeks.
According to Chicago Police spokeswoman Jennifer Bryk, a 17-year-old girl was driving a stolen car — without a license or insurance — the wrong way down the road when she hit the cyclist and a parked car.
The police spokeswoman said the 17-year-old was taken to Norwegian Hospital and the 30-year-old victim was taken to Illinois Masonic Hospital. The 17-year-old’s condition was not immediately available.
According to Kevenides, authorities found the 17-year-old unconscious and with drug paraphernalia in her car. Police couldn’t immediately confirm this information, however.
Kevenides said it’s clear the 17-year-old was driving erratically when she struck his client. He said he spoke to a witness who saw both the crash and the events leading up to the crash.
“This witness saw the vehicle involved, driving up and down Sacramento erratically and making U turns and going back where she came from and turning around and doing it again until, at some point, while the bicyclist was riding north on Sacramento, the driver entered the lane, going south, striking [the cyclist] and throwing her pretty far,” the attorney said.
Streetsblog, which was first to report on the crash, talked to witness Geoffrey Harding who told the blog, “[The driver] didn’t even turn her head to see if was safe to go.” The blog reported Harding was taking his children for ice cream on his cargo bike at the time of the crash. Attempts to reach Harding weren’t immediately successful.
Police could not immediately provide a detailed account of what happened.
The cyclist is originally from the Logan Square area but she currently lives in San Luis Obispo, Calif., where she’s studying environmental engineering at a community college, according to Kevenides. She was in town for a wedding at the time of the crash, the attorney said.
Kevenides represents and advocates for bicyclists, pedestrians and “vulnerable road users” at Freeman Kevenides Law Firm, according to the firm’s website.
The majority of the personal injury cases Kevenides handles involve bicyclists.
“This one is especially scary because there’s really nothing she could’ve done to prevent this,” he said. “This was just a driver who was acting completely erratically [in the] middle of the day.”
The 17-year-old is facing one felony count of possession of a stolen vehicle, according to Bryk. She was also cited for failure to exercise due car for a pedestrian — or cyclist — in the roadway, driving without a license and insurance and failure to stay in a lane.