A 50-year-old North Aurora man riding his bike along a scenic Kane County road was killed during a crash with a car Thursday afternoon, according to sheriff’s police.
Richard White, of the 1400 block of Fechner Court, was struck by a 2009 Nissan Rogue driven by MaMaxima Corazona Cardino Ty, 26, of Evanston, according to Kane County Sheriff’s Lt. Pat Gengler.
Sheriff’s police said White was on a bicycle was traveling north around 2:15 p.m. on Nelson Lake Road near the entrance to the Dick Young Forest Preserve in Batavia Township. A line of cars also was traveling north on Nelson Lake Road, and several of the cars swerved to go around White, who was riding on the side of the road, authorities said.
The Rogue, which also was northbound, hit the rear tire of the bike, causing White to be thrown off, authorities said.
White was taken to Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora, where he was pronounced dead, authorities said.
Gengler said Ty was “very shaken up” at the scene. He said she was uninjured and was ticketed for failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident. It was unclear whether alcohol, drugs or texting contributed to the accident, according to Gengler.
Gengler said Ty worked as an in-home caregiver and was in the area seeing a client.
A family member contacted by phone said White was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, but police said evidence at the scene reflected otherwise.
Gengler said investigators found a baseball hat and earphones at the accident site, but no helmet. It was not clear, he said, whether White was wearing the headphones when he was hit.
Loren Carrera, chief deputy coroner for Kane County, said no helmet was brought to the coroner’s office and she cannot determine whether White was wearing one at the time of the accident.
Carrera said the exact cause of death has yet to be determined. Preliminary findings show White had multiple injuries to his body, head and spine, she said. Toxicology results are outstanding, Carrera said.
Nelson Lake Road was closed for about three hours while the crash was investigated.
Amanda Marrazzo is a freelance reporter. Rosemary Regina Sobol is a Tribune reporter.