Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Chicago Alley Cat Race Ends in Fatality

This is reprinted in part from the Chicago Tribune

By Karoun Demirjian, TRIBUNE REPORTER, February 26, 2008

A race to the finish resulted in an untimely end for a cyclist who was killed during a street race Sunday morning when he was hit by a sport-utility vehicle.

Witnesses say the accident took place when a large group of riders competing in Chicago’s “Tour Da Chicago” street race attempted to ride through an intersection against a red light.

Matthew Manger-Lynch, 29, of the 1400 block of West Lill Avenue in Chicago was near the front of the pack of about 40 riders, police said. The group was traveling southeast along Lincoln Avenue, when they attempted to cross Irving Park Road at about 9:15 a.m.

But the stoplight was red, and Manger-Lynch was killed when an SUV traveling east along Irving Park struck him. He was pronounced dead in Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center at 9:47 a.m. Police said they do not expect charges will be filed against the driver.

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