07/24/2013 04:41 pm ET

Rafael Ramirez, Suburban Cyclist, Dies In Chicago After Colliding With Moving Car In Northwest Side


A 33-year-old Elmhurst, Ill. man has died after colliding with a moving car on Chicago's Northwest Side Monday afternoon.

Rafael Ramirez, 33, was pronounced dead at 2 a.m. Wednesday morning following the Monday crash. The Tribune reports an autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday.

Police say Ramirez sideswiped a car about 2:15 p.m. Monday near West Addison Street and North Central Avenue in Portage Park while trying to make a left-hand turn to go westbound from the center turn lane, according to the Sun-Times. The driver of the 1999 Saturn who was also going westbound had the right of way and was not ticketed.

Ramirez suffered a head injury when he fell and hit his head during the crash. He was taken to a nearby hospital and later transferred before he died Wednesday. DNAinfo reports it was not known whether Ramirez was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

Ramirez's death is the third cyclist fatality in Chicago this year, according to Streetsblog Chicago. So far in 2013, 11 pedestrians have been killed in hit-and-run crashes.



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