Gordon McClain
Gordon McClain
Age 57    Crystal Lake, IL    November 19 2012
Comments: 1

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.

Collision Data

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

Driver Data

Vehicle type: Light Trucks (SUVs, pickups)

If truck: Unknown

At crash time driver was: Don't Know


Source: News Report
Type: Newspaper
Pos/Neg: Neutral
Link if Website: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/suburbs/crystal_lake/ct-met-crystal-lake-bike-crash-20121121,0,2974071.story

Legal Status

Legal status: No charges filed
Civil Suit filed?:
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  • Donna Harwood December 01 2012

    I was in the car right behind the woman whose car Mr. McClain struck.  I did not see the impact but saw him lying directly in front of my car.  I was able to stop quickly and got out to see what I could do.  There was nothing I could do, and I will never forget this horrific experience.  It was rush hour on a 4-lane major artery.  I cannot imagine a more dangerous bike-riding scenario.  He crossed in the middle of the road with no crosswalks in sight for several hundred yard.  I don’t know what made him cross.  So sad and so senseless.  Be careful please.  Between a bike and a car, the bike will lose every time. God bless Mr. McClain and the driver of the car.  That poor woman will never be the same.

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