Please...share the road! Look before you open your car door. This didn't have to happen.
Bicyclist struck, killed by semi on Near North Side
By Alex Garcia and Colleen Mastony
3:08 p.m. CDT, October 5, 2012
An attorney biking to work was struck and killed by a semi truck on the Near North Side this morning when he swerved to avoid an open car door, authorities said.
Neill Townsend, 32, was in the southbound lane on Wells Street in front of Walter Payton High School, just north of Oak Street, when the driver of a Nissan Altima swung open the door just before 9 a.m., police said.
Townsend veered away and fell underneath the wheels of the truck, which was hauling a flat-bed trailer, police said.
Townsend, of the 1500 block of North LaSalle Drive, was dead at the scene, according to the medical examiner's office.
The man who opened the door was cited for a traffic violation, according to News Affairs Officer Robert Perez. The man's name was not released.
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