Crystal Lake Bicyclist Killed While Crossing Route 14

Gordon McClain, 67, was attempting to cross Route 14 near Route 31 on Monday afternoon when he collided with a car, police said.

A Crystal Lake man was killed late Monday afternoon while bicycling near the intersection of Routes 14 and 31, police said.

Gordan McClain, 67, suffered severe head trauma and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Crystal Lake Police Cmmdr. Derek Hyrkas.

Shortly before 5:45 p.m. Nov. 19, McClain was bicycling southbound on Route 14 and attempted to cross from the north to the south side of the busy four-lane highway. McClain rode into the driver's side of a 2012 Nissan Murano, police said.

The Nissan, driven by an Aurora man, was traveling east on Route 14.

Emergency crews from Crystal Lake Fire Rescue and the police department arrived at the scene at 5:45 p.m., and paramedics evaluated everyone at the scene. It was determined that McClain, who was not wearing a helmet, suffered severe head trauma and was pronounced dead at the accident site, Hyrkas said.

The driver of the car, Digna Campanano, 49, was not injured.

No traffic citations have been issued, and the collision remains under investigation by the Crystal Lake Police Department’s Targeted Response Unit and McHenry County Coroner’s Office, Hyrkas said.

Traffic at the Route 14 and 31 intersection was diverted at the scene by Crystal Lake Police for approximately three hours until the investigation was completed, Hyrkas said.


Todd Nelson November 21, 2012 at 01:41 AM
So sad to hear of this tragedy. My condolences to Mr. McClain's family and friends and may Mr. Campanano be consoled for his involvement as he is not to be blamed in the least. Not to make light of the loss of Mr. McClain, but bicyclists must follow the rules of the road and ride with visibility and predictability and wear a helmet. Motorists should expect to share the road with bicyclists, but all must obey the rules of the road.
John brown November 21, 2012 at 02:08 AM
I witnessed this happen, the memories will never leave my mind. The initial sound of impact and then seeing the bike scraping along. The lifeless body just laying there folded up. Later the police standing near him with their hands on their heads, unable to do anything. My heart goes out to the family and also the driver, he will never be able to forget that, along with witnesses. Life can be sad
Stephanie Price November 21, 2012 at 04:39 AM
That is really sad. My condolences to the McClain family.


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