A veteran Oak Park cyclist and father of two is injured and in pain, but OK, after being knocked off his bike by a car early Sunday while riding in Brookfield. The 51-year-old Oak Parker was one of two cyclists run down by a drunken teenage driver and his friend.
Brookfield police have charged Erik Fabian, 19, and Armando Reza Jr., 17, both of Chicago, with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and aggravated battery on a public way, as well as failure to stop after an accident involving personal injury, all felonies. In addition, Reza was charged with two counts of aggravated DUI. His blood alcohol level was allegedly .158, which is two times the legal limit, two hours after the two separate incidents. Reza was also ticketed for having no valid driver’s license, misdemeanor DUI, and improper lane usage.
The two men had a bond hearing Tuesday at the Maybrook courthouse. They are scheduled to be arraigned this morning, June 3.
The Oak Park cyclist was riding westbound in the curb lane of the 9200 block of Washington Avenue around 6:30 a.m. Sunday when a car approached him from behind. He moved over close to the curb, but the car then reportedly accelerated and struck his rear tire. The man was thrown from his bike, landing on the street and skidding some 10 feet. He was able to get a partial plate off the white Chevy Monte Carlo before the car turned north and fled. He then walked to a nearby house and phoned police.
At 6:45 a.m., Brookfield police monitored a call from LaGrange Park regarding a 33-year-old Brookfield man who was allegedly sideswiped by a white vehicle at the intersection of 31st Street and Maple Avenue.
LaGrange Park police reported officer spotted a white car with two men matching the description pull into a gas station.
A friend of the Oak Park man said he was lucky to have not been hurt worse. He remains in a lot of pain because of the road rash, the friend said in an e-mail. He was treated at Loyola Medical Center and released. The second victim refused medical attention at the scene, according to police.