Source: A Crystal Lake man died this week after his bicycle collided with a sport utility vehicle as he tried to cross a highway in the northwest suburb, police said. Gordon McClain, 57, was pronounced dead at the scene after the crash about 5:45 p.m. Monday on U.S. Highway 14 near Illinois Highway 31, according to a news release from Crystal Lake police. "He was a very nice person," said Paula Gomez, a neighbor of McClain's for about six years. She said she often saw him riding his bike. McClain was riding his bicycle, crossing U.S. 14 south from the north shoulder, when he collided with the driver's side of an SUV that was headed east on U.S. 14, according to police. McClain hit the car and was thrown to the pavement, said Crystal Lake police Cmdr. Derek Hyrkas. McClain, who was not wearing a helmet, suffered severe head injuries, although it was not certain whether he hit his head on the car or the pavement, Hyrkas said. An autopsy Tuesday showed that he died of chest injuries, not the head injuries, according to McHenry County Deputy Coroner Paula Gallas. Gallas said McClain lived with a friend, who told her: "He loved to exercise. ... He loved to ride his bike." The deputy coroner said McClain is survived by a sister who lives in Hebron. The road was closed for about three hours while police investigated. The driver, a 48-year-old Aurora woman, was not cited, although authorities were still investigating, police said.
Crash time: between 3 p.m. and 5:59 p.m.
Closest Intersection: Ill Hwy 31
Land use: Suburban
Road type: Urban Arterial
Where on the road the collision happened: Intersection
Collision type: Cyclist side/Car front end hit
Vehicle type: Light Trucks (SUVs, pickups)
If truck: Unknown
At crash time driver was: Don't Know
SourcesSource: News Report
Link if Website: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/suburbs/crystal_lake/ct-met-crystal-lake-bike-crash-20121121,0,2974071.story
Legal StatusLegal status: No charges filed
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