Biker may have been killed by hit-and...

Biker may have been killed by hit-and-run semi, Chicago police say

There are 19 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Aug 18, 2008, titled Biker may have been killed by hit-and-run semi, Chicago police say. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

A 22-year-old Burbank motorcyclist was killed about 4:15 a.m. Monday on Chicago's Southwest Side in what police say may have been a hit-and-run by a semi trailer.

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Steve H

United States

#1 Aug 18, 2008
May have been? Why would a man lie about this with his last words? RIP fellow biker.
Anthony

Rolling Meadows, IL

#2 Aug 18, 2008
Disgusting.

ever notice in the Chicago area that injuries/fatalities from hit and run drivers happen at least once a week?

weak.

Since: Apr 08

Location hidden

#3 Aug 18, 2008
Very sad. May he rest in peace.
Boomer

Melrose Park, IL

#4 Aug 18, 2008
Rest in Peace Brother
Yo Yo Yo Make It Happen

Mount Dora, FL

#5 Aug 18, 2008
Possibility that the semi driver didn't know he hit the guy? Semis have massive blind spots and as it is often the case, motorcycles often weave in and out of traffic at a high rate of speed. There will be more to this....
not surprised

United States

#8 Aug 18, 2008
These semi drivers are ignorant, unsafe, and half nuts. I drive the construction zone on 88 and they're on my butt, blowing their horns because I'm obeying the 45 speed limit..and it's not just a few..it's the majority. I could see how they would run over somebody and keep on going...probobly wacked out on speed. As somebody who spends 75% of my workday driving a service vehicle, one thing I can say for sure..there is no such thing as a good trucker anymore.
Logan Square

United States

#9 Aug 18, 2008
Here's a good use for one of those street cameras. As long as they're going to raise revenue and invade privacy anyway, they may as well put them to work on these kinds of things.
Southsider

Chicago, IL

#11 Aug 18, 2008
I have no doubt he was hit by a truck - the location cited is right by a trucking yard. Poor guy.
RIP.
Reality

Glen Ellyn, IL

#13 Aug 18, 2008
not surprised wrote:
These semi drivers are ignorant, unsafe, and half nuts. I drive the construction zone on 88 and they're on my butt, blowing their horns because I'm obeying the 45 speed limit..and it's not just a few..it's the majority. I could see how they would run over somebody and keep on going...probobly wacked out on speed. As somebody who spends 75% of my workday driving a service vehicle, one thing I can say for sure..there is no such thing as a good trucker anymore.
Anyone else you want to stereotype?
politwriter

Arlington Heights, IL

#15 Aug 18, 2008
Anthony wrote:
Disgusting.
ever notice in the Chicago area that injuries/fatalities from hit and run drivers happen at least once a week?
weak.
A friend of mine's wife was murdered by a hit and run truck driver in the West Loop a few years ago.

A video camera caught the incident. The owner of the trucking firm had to pay out more than $10 million in damages.

The owner of the trucking firm was a chronic employer of low wage illegal aliens.

Guess he didn't save money in the long run.

But guess my friend's wife was murdered due to the Daley-Stroger-Democrat City Council "sanctuary city" measure for Chicago and Cook County.

Her blood is on their hands.

When will citizens retaliate?
not surprised

United States

#18 Aug 18, 2008
I'm not stereotyping..I'm speaking from personal experience as somebody who spends about 30 hours a week driving a communications service vehicle. At least 90% of the truckers on the road drive unsafely. Thats not a stereotype..thats a fact. I see it every day. Since when is putting facts out there stereotyping. Think before you make some smoke screen, cloudy, catch-all statement!
Reality wrote:
<quoted text>
Anyone else you want to stereotype?
Some old guy with a bike

Naperville, IL

#20 Aug 18, 2008
Keep your shiny sides up brothers.
I almost got killed on 83rd & Kedzie on an August afternoon 32 years ago on my bike when a guy pulled out from a side street and broadsided me.
32 years don't make a difference for some things. I still ride and I still know people don't see motorcycles sometimes until it's too late. It's even worse now with people feeding their faces and yacking on cell phones in their cars and big fat SUV's. Hell, on a recent trip back from Wisconsin, I saw a young couple in a Chevy watching a freakin' movie on a dashboard mounted DVD player.
At least the guy who hit me had the decency to stick around and face the music. I could have sued him out of his house, but settled for what his insurance would pay without a fight. It was a small price for a lifetime worth of injuries.
Anyone that kills a biker or pedestrian through negligence of driving responsibly should forfeit his right to drive for at least as long as it takes for the family of the victim to recover financially or more. And hit and run is murder, pure and simple.
RIP bro.
Jason

Saint Joseph, MI

#21 Aug 22, 2008
I knew this wonderful man personally, my deepest sympathies go out to the family.
May the man that committed this horrendous crime be punished,
and ultimate judgment laid upon he. To the caller that dialed 911
and then drove off leaving my friend alone on the street
may you also be judged by the powers that be.

RIP Billy.
City boy trucker

United States

#22 Aug 22, 2008
not surprised wrote:
I'm not stereotyping..I'm speaking from personal experience as somebody who spends about 30 hours a week driving a communications service vehicle. At least 90% of the truckers on the road drive unsafely. Thats not a stereotype..thats a fact. I see it every day. Since when is putting facts out there stereotyping. Think before you make some smoke screen, cloudy, catch-all statement! <quoted text>
I been driving a semi truck for the last 20 years. I have NOT ONCE gotten a moving violation,or ever been in a accident .... may i add im on the road locally 50 to 60 hours weekly(rain,sleet or snow). I take pride in driving. There are drivers out there who drive to fast. I know that. How can you sit there say "truckers are on speed",or say "90% of truckers on the road are unsafe". I would say its more like 10% of truckers are unsafe. I work with these guys (drivers) everyday. Are biggest worry is watching out for CARS/OTHER VEHICE'S doing stupid shit. I also been ridding a motorcyle for the last 30 years & have had many close cals. I pray for the motorcyclist who was hit. Its a sad thing. May the good lord be with the friends and family. RIDE IN PEACE.......
TWY

Matamoras, PA

#23 Apr 16, 2012
I'm getting sick and tired of hearing about hit and run fatalities. I think if a person is so brazen to run after fatally injuring someone with their vehicle, that is clear evidence that it must be deliberate and it's about time they past laws charging motorist who kill and run with murder. What's the difference between killing someone with a fire arm and killing someone with a motor vehicle? There's no difference. These individuals should be thrown in prison for the rest of their lives or get the death penalty where applicable. If lawmakers put such laws in place, they'll put the brakes on hit and run fatalities.
Depaul98

United States

#24 Apr 16, 2012
What about the times I've seen biker's going in between cars or speeding down residential roads! Quit being hypocrites. Why is there not laws for biker's to wear helmets? It's a law for seatbelt's.
tom

Tulsa, OK

#25 May 16, 2012
Look how the bikers ride last year this low life was was doing over 100 mph with friend goin west on I88 the dude crashed his bike got killed, they tried to blame the state police for,
sad

United States

#26 May 18, 2012
Ok now they are saying the bike ran into the back of a truck, if so the truck driver didn't even know, so stop playing the blame game
sad

United States

#27 May 18, 2012
Looked up motorcycle crashes 75% are from high speed people slow down

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