Mother of bicyclist fatally struck by truck last week files suit

BySun-Times Media Wire
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Anastasia Kondrasheva

CHICAGO -- The mother of a 23-year-old bicyclist fatally struck by a truck last week in the North Center neighborhood filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the truck driver and his employer.

Ekaterina Kondrasheva filed the wrongful death lawsuit Tuesday in Cook County Circuit Court against Andre J. Sanders and Westmont Interior Supply House.

Her daughter, 23-year-old Anastasia Kondrasheva, was biking north on Damen about 7:50 a.m. Sept. 26 when she was struck by a small flatbed truck turning right from Damen onto Addison, authorities said.

Kondrasheva, of the 3600 block of West Shakespeare, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The truck driver, Sanders, 38, remained at the scene and was cited for not taking due care to avoid colliding with a pedestrian, police said.

The lawsuit claims there is a marked shared bike lane on Damen.

"Chicago has become a very bike-friendly town, and all drivers should know to expect bicyclists will be in the bike lanes because that's what they are there for," attorney Robert Clifford said in a statement.

"A bicyclist is defenseless when a truck driver is so negligent as to not take precautions to avoid them," Clifford said.

The two-count lawsuit seeks more than $100,000 in damages.

A representative for Westmont Interior Supply House did not immediately return a call for comment Tuesday.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire - Copyright Chicago Sun-Times 2016.)