Bicyclist dead after accident involving police car in Burbank

BURBANK, Ill. (CBS) — A bicyclist was killed this week in a lethal accident involving a police car in southwest suburban Burbank.

As CBS 2’s Marybel González reported Tuesday night time, the accident occurred round 10:30 am. Monday at 77th Street and Central Avenue. The scene is simply steps from St. Laurence High School, and the pace restrict on the streets the place the accident occurred is 20 mph when youngsters are current.

But because it was Labor Day, college students had been out on the time of the accident.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office recognized the girl who died in the accident as Denise Blidy, 66. We spoke to Blidy’s household – who didn’t need to go on digicam – however who stated they’re distraught and looking for solutions to what occurred.

Police haven’t specified whether or not the officer collided with Blidy, or if Blidy crashed into the police unit. At this level, they’re solely calling it an accident.

We did converse to a neighbor who heard the impression and got here dashing outdoors – and that was when he realized one thing dangerous had occurred.

A neighbor offered us with a photograph of the scene, the place the bike was seen on the bottom in entrance of the police unit. 


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The neighbor stated he noticed Blidy mendacity on the bottom – and he initially thought the officer was serving to her, however he then realized the officer had been concerned in the accident when he heard the officer making a name to dispatch.

The neighbor stated he additionally complained quite a few occasions to the police commander about officers blowing via the intersection cease signal and driving via the realm with out their lights on. It is unclear if that contributed to the accident.

We do know that police had been on the scene Monday night asking neighbors to present them any surveillance video they might have captured of the incident.

We have additionally reached out on quite a few events to the Burbank Police Department for extra info on the accident.

They stated they don’t seem to be releasing any extra particulars till they’ve concluded their investigation. They additionally won’t specify if they’re investigating themselves, or if an outdoor company is wanting into the accident.

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