Avondale Bicycle Accident Results In Rider Being Critically Injured

A February 10, 2021 Avondale neighborhood bicycle accident has resulted in the bicyclist being critically injured.  This Avondale bicycle accident occurred on North Kimball and involved a SUV that hit the bicyclist.  The SUV had allegedly previously been carjacked.

At the time of the collision the cyclist was riding north on North Kimball.

This traffic accident is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the February 18, 2021 Chicago Tribune article titled “…Avid bicyclist hit by carjacked Buick in Avondale, leaving her in critical condition…”  An excerpt:

A dark gray or black Buick Enclave was traveling north in the 3500 block of North Kimball Avenue about 2:20 p.m. Feb. 10 in Avondale when the collision happened, according to police. As the Buick approached Addison Street, it was in the left lane of traffic and made a right turn onto Addison, heading east, police say.

The cyclist, 31-year-old Alexandra Lee Betzel, was also traveling north on Kimball to the right of the Buick. Betzel was struck by the vehicle as it turned right from the left of two lanes, sideswiping her and running her over, according to a police report. Two tires rolled over her chest and face, Betzel’s family said, leaving her with bruised lungs, a broken orbital bone and a damaged rib cage that required more than five hours of surgery this week.

After the accident Betzel was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in critical condition for treatment of her accident injuries.  According to the article she remains in the ICU on a ventilator.

The Buick fled the accident scene.  According to Chicago Police it had been carjacked on February 10.

Additional details can be seen in the article.  This Avondale neighborhood bicycle accident is also discussed in a variety of media sources, including the February 16, 2021 Block Club Chicago article titled “Family Of Cyclist Critically Injured In Avondale Hit-And-Run Launch Fundraiser To Pay For Costly Medical Bills As Police Search For Driver.”


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