Woman riding Divvy bike critically injured in Humboldt Park hit-and-run

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A woman riding a Divvy bike was critically injured in a hit-and-run crash in Humboldt Park Sunday night, Chicago police said.

The 25-year-old woman was riding in the 2600-block of West Chicago Avenue at about 11 p.m. when police said she was rear-ended by a car, possibly a blue Honda Civic, traveling in the same direction.

The car then jumped the curb and struck a tree before continuing west on Chicago Avenue, police said. The woman was transported to Stroger Hospital in critical condition.

The busy intersection of Chicago Avenue and Rockwell Street has no distinct bike lanes and for cyclists like Marina Holter, who bikes to work every day, it's a problem.

"I feel like drivers aren't looking," Holter said. "I've seen a lot of aggressive drivers on this street too, where they try to challenge cyclists or other drivers"

Cyclist Jarrett Benavidez lives just one block south of the scene of the accident and refuses to bike down Chicago Avenue. He only takes the side streets.

"I mean, there's no lanes, so there's a lot off in and out. You stay as close to your car as you can, but it's always at the risk of somebody opening their car doors. It's pretty tight," Benavidez said.

It's not just an issue at this intersection, it's something cyclists worry about daily.

"In general, there's not a lot of safety consciousness citywide," said cyclist Jason Chan. "I think everybody is desensitized to, not only the motorists, but also other cyclists, so I think the burden really falls on cyclists to be conscious of their surroundings."

The Chicago Police Major Accidents Unit is investigating. No one is in custody.
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