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A fellow rider needs your help(6 posts)

A fellow rider needs your helpSlipstream
Mar 26, 2002 8:26 AM
Alan Stern, 52, commuted, raced, and trained 15,000 miles or more a year on his bike for nearly 30 years, winning an Illinois state road bike championship and qualifying for Race Across America along the way. He has called Chicagoland Bicycle Federation every day for 10 years, never to talk about anything else except bikes: riding them, fixing them, racing them. On January 3 at 9:30 pm, a driver at California and Devon in Chicago nearly took Al's right leg off, broke his left ankle, snapped both wrists, broke his collarbone and several ribs, and kept driving.

Al had been doing everything right: he was in the right lane, going north. He had a headlight, a front-mounted white blinking VistaLite, a reflective vest, reflective ankle bands, and a helmet with reflective markings. The westbound car, turning left off of Devon, turned into Al's northbound lane, smashing into him. Al's at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston where his leg was saved. All limbs are in casts.

The state says Al is disabled, and supports him and his mother. He has worked only sporadically at local bike shops as a temporary wrench. With no driver identified, there will be no money to cover the expenses that the state doesn't. Chicagoland Bicycle Federation will collect money to help Al and his mother cover the enormous indirect costs of long term care and rehab. All the money goes to Al.

Donations may be made for Al via the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation either by mail or online using their secured server and a credit card. The CBF's address is:

Chicagoland Bicycle Federation
650 S. Clarke Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60605

Online donations can be made by following the AL Stern link from CBF's webpage - www.biketraffic.org

orginally posted at the Evanston Bike Club web-site
re: A fellow rider needs your helpRayBan
Mar 26, 2002 8:52 AM
I raced for a team that sponsors a Road Race in Al's Honor (the Al Stern Road Race). I have seen him and spoken with him at numerous events in the Chicago area. That guy LIVES to ride. I hope/pray that he recovers 100%.
Victim of Hit & Run Driver!Slipstream
Mar 26, 2002 11:47 AM
What cowards! Unfortunately, Al is in double jeopardy: the driver can't be found and he has no insurance.

This has happened to me: fortunately I saw them in time and was able to speed up so they just hit my rear wheel. But the sob took off just the same.
A similar situation....Me Dot Org
Mar 26, 2002 3:40 PM
Where the driver was caught:

http://www.marinij.com/news/stories/news4002200.shtml

...anyone who has ridden Sir Francis Drake knows the perils of White's Hill.

(The driver got a year in jail).
Can you believe his pathetic excuse?Slipstream
Mar 26, 2002 5:51 PM
The cyclist spent 2 days in intensive care and 5 weeks off work.

The driver said he turned around and saw the cyclist sitting and figured out he was ok so he went on without stopping and providing id. In addition he told his 10 yr old not to say anything to anyone about the incident.

Really Pathetic. Hey, be safe out there!
And wear your helmet! Note to self . . . (nm)speedisgood
Mar 27, 2002 6:49 AM