Tuesday, March 4, 2008

an unnecessary accident

This is an update on a previous post (below). Rob Sadowsky of the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation has written an excellent letter to the CTA concerning this incident.

At approximately 2:15 p.m. on 12/31/07, Ludwika Szynalik put her bike on the rack in front of a 152 Addison bus and boarded. Video shows her sitting on the bus for about 15 minutes before her stop. Szynalik then got off the bus at Addison and Neenah and was struck and killed by the bus when she was removing her bike from the rack.

Szynalik's family is asking witnesses to the incident to come forward. Attorney Timothy Cavanagh said 59-year-old Ludwika Szynalik was removing her bike from the rack on the front of the bus when the driver suddenly accelerated and the bus dragged her more than 80 feet. Cavanagh said that if the driver had been paying attention, he would have seen her.

If you witnessed the incident, please contact the family's attorney at 312.425.1900.

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