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Another Chicago Cyclist Was Killed In A Collision Last Night

By Rachel Cromidas in News on Aug 18, 2016 2:08PM

2016_van.jpg Police released this surveillance picture from the scene of the collision; this van may have hit the cyclist.

A cyclist was fatally struck by a white van in a West Garfield Park hit-and-run Wednesday night, police say.

The cyclist, identified by the Medical Examiner's Office as 58-year-old Francisco Cruz, was riding south on Pulaski Avenue in the 4000 block of West Maypole Avenue when a white van turning onto Maypole hit him at around 10:20 p.m., a police spokesperson told Chicagoist. The cyclist, who lived in Lawndale, was taken to Stroger Hospital and pronounced dead.

The car that hit him fled the scene of the collision westbound, and police are searching for it. It may have the logo of a company somewhere on it and its front may have been damaged in the collision, according to a police alert.

This is the second time this week that a cyclist has died on Chicago's roads. 20-year-old Lisa Kuivinen was fatally struck by a semi-truck while riding in the bike lane on Milwaukee Avenue Tuesday morning.

Earlier this year a cyclist was killed by a tour bus on the Magnificent Mile, and a Divvy rider was fatally struck by a semi truck on the Northwest Side.