Bicyclist Critically Hurt In Suburban Crash

OSWEGO, Ill. (STMW) – A man from southwest suburban Plainfield is in critical condition after being hit while riding his bicycle in Kendall County.

Duane Nicol, 73, of the 11300 block of Highland Drive, was taken to Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora after his bicycle was struck from behind in the 4200 block of Stewart Road at about 10 a.m. Thursday near west suburban Oswego, according to the Kendall County sheriff’s office.

The driver, William Kendrick, 78, of Minooka, was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

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  • Nancy Klintworth

    People have the right to ride their bikes no matter what age they are – it is great for cardiovascular health, for bone health and overall mental health. I question the driver, though. Did he have control of his car? Was he able to see well at night? Questions I would ask. Teenager: you need to grow up and respect your elders.

    • cj corson

      Yes on bike paths!!!! These cyclists have no regard for the rules of the road. Let them ride on the bike paths that every village,town & city has constructed. They cut off cars, run stop signs and if they ride on the roads, follow the rules of the road just like everlyone else does. They also need to be required to carry insurance Sorry but not all bicycle accidents are the fault of someone driving a car. Since when did these people begin to rule the road! Try driving down Caton Farm Road in Plainfield during the 4th of July when the Joliet cycling club does their run. We have been cut off, they let their kids play in the middle of the road at check points and have absolutely no regard for any traffic driving down those streets.

  • Bike Dodger

    Riding bicycles is a good thing, but we have a road near us that has a paved bicycle path parallel to the roadway for about two miles. Yet people ride their bikes in the roadway in the middle of the lane as if daring the cars to hit them. Millions of dollars were spent to put in this bicycle path to keep the bicycliists safe along this well traveled road and it is not used. Bicycilists claim they have the right to ride on the roadways yet it is very seldom I see them stop at stop signs, wait for the red lights to change, signal for turns or even have lights on at night. When cars are stopped in traffic, they ride between them and cut in front of them. In the noted incident you must also question the behavior of the bicyclist. Did he lok for traffic before making a move? If it was night, did he have lights and reflectors? Did he have control of his bike? Was he listening to his IPod plugged into his ears? Did he swerve in front of the car without looking to avoid a stone in the road? Riding a bike in traffic takes as much if not more alertness as driving a car. In such an accident, the car always wins.

  • otis

    What happened to riding bikes on the sidewalk,now they encourage this.

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