23-year-old Anastasia Kondrasheva was fatally struck by a small flatbed truck while riding her bicycle on Monday morning in the 3600 block of West Shakespeare in the North Center neighborhood.
The truck that hit Kondrasheva was heading north on Damen before taking a right onto Addison. According to the police, the cyclist, was also traveling north on Damen, colliding with the truck shortly before 8 a.m.
Emergency crews responded to the accident and pronounced the cyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators from the Chicago Police Department’s Major Accidents Investigation Unit is investigating the accident further.
The 38-year-old driver of the truck stayed at the scene. He was cited for failing to take due care in avoiding a collision with a pedestrian.
According to one witness account, the light on Damen at Addison was green at the time of the accident.
This is the fifth biking fatality within Chicago city limits this year. In all five of these accident cases, it was a commercial vehicle that struck the rider.
Other victims include:
- June 15 – Blaine Klingenberg [Oak and Michigan];
- July 1 – Virginia Murray [ Belmont and Sacramento];
- August 16 – Lisa Kuivinen [Milwaukee and Racine];
- August 17 – Francisco Cruz [Maypole at Pulaski]