Bicyclist In Crosswalk Fatally Struck By SUV

On June 9, 2016, there was a bicycle accident in which a bicyclist was struck by a SUV while the bicyclist was in a crosswalk.  The accident happened at Central Road at Weller Lane in Mount Prospect.

The bicyclist was identified as Joni Beaudry, 55, of Mount Prospect.  She was taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge for treatment of her accident injuries, where she later died.

An excerpt regarding the accident, from the Arlington Heights Patch article of June 10, 2016, titled “Mount Prospect Biker Dies After Car Hits Her in Crosswalk“:

The driver of the Lexus—Hanna Burzynska, 56, of the 1800 block of Pebble Creek Circle, Elk Grove—was cited with failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

One notable aspect of this fatal bicycle accident is that the crosswalk had a flashing “beacon,” which has amber lights which flash and are supposed to be a safety feature as they alert drivers of the presence of people crossing in the crosswalk.

The accident and some related issues regarding crosswalk safety are discussed in the Daily Herald article (with video) of August 1, 2016, titled “Mount Prospect Cyclist’s death prompts questions about crosswalk safety.”

Two excerpts from this Daily Herald article:

The relatively new flashing beacon device is popping up at other intersections across Illinois. Jakubowski says it’s confusing for drivers and gives pedestrians and cyclists “a false sense of security” that vehicles will stop.

Traffic experts say the beacon has been tested and reduces crashes, but technology alone can’t stop collisions.


“This death draws attention to the fact we need to change our driving behavior and habits and realize we need to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalks,” Mount Prospect Police Chief Tim Janowick said.

Additional details regarding this fatal bicycle accident – as well as the associated crosswalk safety issues – can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Arlington Heights Patch and Daily Herald articles mentioned above.


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