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Bicyclist Killed By Semi In Chicago

On Friday morning, there was a bicycling “dooring” incident that resulted in the death of a bicyclist on Chicago’s Near North side.

Neill Townsend, 32, of Chicago, was riding his bicycle south on Wells Street, in front of Walter Payton High School, when the driver of a car opened the car door in his path, according to Chicago Police.

In order to avoid the opening car door, Townsend swerved and fell underneath the wheels of a passing semi truck. Townsend died at the accident scene.


The man who opened the car door was cited for opening a car door in traffic, according to the Chicago Police Department.

The accident remains under investigation.

Bicycle “dooring” accidents pose an immense safety concern to bicyclists. WBEZ.org published an article on October 5 titled “Map: Where are Chicago’s bike dooring accidents happening?
Additional details and possible updates concerning Neill Townsend’s accident can be found in a variety of media sources including the October 5 Chicago Sun-Times story titled “Bicyclist, lawyer killed in traffic remembered at candlelight vigil” as well as the October 5 Chicago Tribune article titled “Dozens gather to remember bicyclist killed on North Side.”

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