Bicyclist Dies Following Accident In Dixon

On the Chicago Bicycle Accidents page various issues relating to bicycle accidents are discussed, including the steps one should take if one is involved in a bicycle accident.

One of the most dangerous situations facing bicyclists – as well as motorcyclists and pedestrians – is when a motorist fails to “see” them.  This accident cause is very common in motorcycle accidents, especially those in which a motorist makes a left-hand turn immediately in front of an oncoming motorcyclist, thereby striking the motorcycle.

On Wednesday (April 13, 2016) there was a bicycle accident in which the motorist apparently did not “see” the bicyclist.  The accident happened in Dixon.  According to the Dixon Police Department, the accident happened at the intersection of N. Galena and Everett, and involved a Comed vehicle that was driving east on Everett, beginning to turn south onto Galena, when the vehicle struck a bicyclist who was in the crosswalk.

The bicyclist was identified as John D. Appenheimer, 54, of Dixon.  He was taken to a local hospital for treatment of his accident injuries, then transferred to a Rockford hospital where he was declared dead the next day.

The driver of the ComEd vehicle was identified as Dennis Miller, 43, of Dixon.

An excerpt from the April 15, 2016 article titled “Dixon Police investigating deadly crash between bicyclist and ComEd vehicle“:

Miller said that he did not see Appenheimer before the crash, according to police.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the April 15 article titled “Police:  Dixon bicyclist struck by Comed utility truck declared dead.”


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