Bicyclist hit by pickup truck at Lake Cook and Wilke road

A major accident with injuries shut down a busy Arlington Heights intersection during rush hour Thursday morning after a pickup truck struck a bicyclist in a two-vehicle accident, police announced in a news release.

At about 7:20 a.m. police officers and fire department first responders were dispatched to a traffic accident with injuries at Lake Cook and North Wilke roads, according to an Arlington Heights Police Department news release,

Emergency responders found two vehicles on the southeast part of the intersection, the release states. One of the vehicles, a red 2011 Ford F550 landscaping truck with a trailer, jumped the curb and struck a bicyclist who was waiting to cross Lake Cook Road.

The pickup truck driver and his passenger were not injured, officials said in the release. However, the bicyclist, a 43-year-old woman from unincorporated Arlington Heights, sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, authorities said.

Police said mid-morning Thursday that the bicyclist’s condition was unknown.

The driver of the second vehicle, a white 2019 Chevrolet Equinox, was taken by Palatine Fire Department paramedics to Northwest Community Hospital for injuries that were not considered life threatening, authorities said in the release.

After talking with witnesses and studying the scene, investigators say the pickup truck driver was headed eastbound on Lake Cook Road and was approaching North Wilke Road when the SUV driver made a left turn from westbound Lake Cook Road on North Wilke, when the vehicles collided, according to the release.

The SUV was spun around and ended up in the eastbound lanes of traffic, but the pickup truck went up on the curb and struck the bicyclist, according to the release.

In addition to local police, the Specialized Traffic Accident Reconstruction team, part of the northwest suburban Major Case Assistance Team, was called to the scene. The Cook County Sheriff’s Department and Buffalo Grove Police Department also assisted Arlington Heights police with directing traffic around the accident scene, according to the release.

“(STAR) responded with a cadre of officers and related equipment to process evidence and supply technical accident investigation support,” officials said in the release.

After the collision, investigators checked out the traffic signals and estimated the speeds of the vehicles involved, authorities said in the release.

“There was no evidence of impairment involved in the case,” according to the release.

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