Actor Kevin Clark suffered fatal injuries as a result of a bike accident that took place in Chicago, Illinois, on Wednesday, the Associated Press has reported. The deadly bicycle accident happened early in the morning and it claimed the life of the 32-year-old actor who played drummer Freddy “Spazzy McGee” Jones in the “School of Rock” film.
Officials said Clark was riding east on Logan Boulevard in the Avondale neighborhood when he was struck by a vehicle heading south. Both the driver and a witness told law enforcement the victim ran a red light prior to the deadly collision.
Following the accident, emergency personnel sent the victim to the hospital. He was pronounced dead shortly after. Officials said they issued the 20-year-old driver involved in the deadly bike accident several citations.
Deadly Bike Accidents: Still A Problem
About two percent of all traffic accident deaths each year involve bicycle riders.
In 2019, 846 bicyclists were killed in traffic accidents whereas in 2018, 868 bicyclists were killed in similar circumstances. While it seems that the number of deadly bike accidents is dropping, deaths among bicyclists aged 20 and older have tripled since 1975.
To avoid deadly injuries while riding a bike, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urges riders to make sure they are wearing a helmet that fits them properly. Additionally, regulators urge them to always wear reflective gear and other safety items in order to avoid accidents.
Most bicycle accidents happen in the early hours of the evening. If both riders and drivers follow traffic rules and operate their vehicles defensively, fewer accidents would take place.
We hope this tragic bicycle crash will serve as a reminder to both riders and drivers in Washington that we must all do our best to avoid collisions.
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