Witnesses who saw the collision between a young mother riding her bicycle and a truck on the South Side are requested by the family of the young mother to tell police what they saw.
Caprice Cunningham, 23, was the fatality of the accident but so far the driver of the truck has not been criminally charged even if the truck was not a safe vehicle and the license of the woman driver was suspended
Michelle Cunningham, who was the cousin of the victim, told the police that this is the second time someone in their family has been killed in an accident. Five years ago, a relative was also killed by a drunk driver. Michelle complained that they were not told anything about the latest accident.
Caprice is the mother of a 5-year-old son, and a 3-year-old and 1-year-old daughter. Michelle Cunningham lamented on the sad state as she was told that the authorities will let go of the woman truck driver which she refuses to believe.
The face of the fatality was badly bruised which also reflected the condition of her body as the impact was strenuous, said Michelle.
Police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli reported that the woman on her bicycle rammed against the side of a truck on the South Side. The tragedy took place near the intersection of 87th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue at 8:40 Thursday evening.
As Cunningham was pedaling her bike at the east f87th Street, she hit the front driver’s side door of a 1964 Ford truck that was on its way to Cottage Grove Avenue, Mirabelli said.
Although Mirabelli told the family that a witness had provided police clear details of the accident, the Cunningham family want more evidences from witnesses.
Michelle said that the family would like to share details of the accident through the surveillance cameras at the intersection. They are also requesting more witnesses to come forward.
The victim was admitted to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where she was pronounced DOA at 9:11 that evening.
The 29-year-old woman truck driver was cited for: driving while her license was suspended or revoked; operating a vehicle which had no insurance; violating restrictions on her driver’s license; and driving an unsafe vehicle.
The Illinois Secretary of State’s records showed that the woman has a troubled driving history way back 2001 when she received a ticket for backing up in an area where this was not allowed.
Records showed that she was again given a ticket for over- speeding during 2009 and again in 2010. Then in 2010, her license was suspended after not maintaining any insurance. In 2011, she again failed to get high-risk insurance as required by law.
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