Update: Bicyclist Fatally Hit by Car in Lake Villa Identified

A woman riding her bike along southbound Route 45 in unincorporated Lake Villa died after being hit by a car Thursday afternoon.

Updated, 3 p.m. Friday

Anna Harvey, 34, of Lindenhurst, died on her birthday Thursday afternoon after being hit by a car while riding her bike on south Route 45 in Lake Villa, reports the Lake County News-Sun. Harvey was a mother of three and a veteran, according to the story.


A woman riding her bike in unincorporated Lake Villa lost her life Thursday afternoon after she was struck by a car, reported the Lake County Sheriff's Office.

The victim, whose identity is not being released pending family notification, was pronounced dead at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.

Police responded to the accident scene at about 2:15 p.m. Thursday.

A white 2000 Toyota Camry was traveling south on Route 45 north of Grand Avenue in unincorporated Lake Villa and collided with a bicyclist, who was also traveling south on Route 45, according to a sheriff's press release.

The bicyclist was taken by ambulance to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville where she was pronounced dead. 

The driver was not injured and voluntarily submitted to toxicology tests.

Charges have not been filed at this time and the accident remains under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Accident Investigation Unit.

chris eibl May 05, 2013 at 01:20 AM
i was one of the people that scene the accident first hand the women was way on the gravel edge right next to the ditch and guy that was driving the car that struck the woman was looking for a rainbow and NOT paying attention at all is all the cars fault the poor kids
Ron Skidmore May 05, 2013 at 01:54 AM
Not every town has bike paths. Hell im in Arlington hts and they are sparse AT BEST. I was clipped last summer by a girl who failed to look both ways coming off a side street. Then she bolted the scene leaving me laying on the side of the road. I feel horrible for the victim and her family. A bike ride is an escape for many of us, it shouldnt be a life risking hobby if many drivers just paid attention.
Christin Elizabeth Schild May 05, 2013 at 03:33 AM
It wasn't her fault. It was the driver. Unfortunately he probably shouldnt even have had a drivers license. Regardless who's fault it is - it is tradgic. And people ride their bikes on that road all the time it was 2 o'clock in the afternoon she was headed home from school it wasn't a traffic situation. It was a freak accident that shouldn't have happened but it did. I am so appalled at the human race for the inconsiderate things i read. A woman died this death isn't to teach traffic laws!
Chris May 05, 2013 at 12:44 PM
Just in case you were wondering. Illinois law requires you to leave at least 3 feet between your car and a bicyclist when passing. If you don't do this and hit a cyclist, you can be charged with a FELONY! (625 ILCS 5/11-703) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 11-703) Sec. 11-703. Overtaking a vehicle on the left. The following rules govern the overtaking and passing of vehicles proceeding in the same direction, subject to those limitations, exceptions, and special rules otherwise stated in this Chapter: (d) The operator of a motor vehicle overtaking a bicycle or individual proceeding in the same direction on a highway shall leave a safe distance, but not less than 3 feet, when passing the bicycle or individual and shall maintain that distance until safely past the overtaken bicycle or individual. (e) A person driving a motor vehicle shall not, in a reckless manner, drive the motor vehicle unnecessarily close to, toward, or near a bicyclist, pedestrian, or a person riding a horse or driving an animal drawn vehicle. (f) Every person convicted of paragraph (e) of this Section shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor if the violation does not result in great bodily harm or permanent disability or disfigurement to another. If the violation results in great bodily harm or permanent disability or disfigurement to another, the person shall be guilty of a Class 3 felony.
Dena Martinez May 07, 2013 at 05:04 PM
this is sad to die on your birthday or any day, just another reminder where will you spend your eternity and are u ready?


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