Video shows bicyclist attacked, then saved by helmet when a Jeep runs over his head in Edgewater

On a video going viral today, a 69-year-old bicyclist, knocked unconscious by a car passenger, falls to the pavement and his head comes to rest directly in front of another vehicle’s rear tire.

The driver of the second car pulls forward and runs over the unconscious bicyclist’s head.

But the biker is saved from certain death by his safety helmet. In fact, he regained consciousness at the scene and could even tell police what he remembered about the incident, which all stemmed from a dispute over a discarded Chipotle bag, according to a CPD report. He was listed in serious but stable condition at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

The confrontation happened Wednesday, October 27, around 2:37 p.m. in the middle of the intersection at Hollywood and Kenmore avenues in Edgewater, according to a CPD report.

The bicyclist, who lives nearby, told police he was waiting for a red light to change on northbound Kenmore when he saw someone dump a Chipotle bag from a gray Audi, the report said.

He pedaled over, picked up the bag, and placed it onto the hood of the car.

He remembered seeing the Audi’s passenger-side door open as he tried to pedal away, but the next thing he remembered was waking up on the sidewalk instead, according to the report.

Investigators reviewed the video to figure out what happened: After being punched in the head, he fell into the side of a Jeep Cherokee that was stuck in traffic, then hit the ground with his head coming to a rest just in front of the Jeep’s left rear tire.

The Jeep “drive[s] forward while the rear driver’s side tire rolls over the head of [the bicyclist],” an officer wrote.

According to the report, the Jeep’s driver pulled over about 10 feet past the bicyclist. He then got out, walked the bicyclist out of the roadway, and drove away, according to the report.

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