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Bicyclist killed after colliding with ice cream truck

Updated: July 13, 2012 9:50AM

A bicyclist died Thursday night after she collided with an ice cream truck a few blocks away from her home in the South Side Chatham neighborhood.

The 23-year-old woman was riding a bike in the 8700 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue when she collided with a truck about 8:40 p.m., police News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro said.

The woman -- identified as Caprice Cunningham, of the 8600 block of South Ingleside Avenue, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office -- was on a 10-speed bicycle eastbound on 87th Street and crossing in front of oncoming northbound traffic, police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli said. As she was doing so, she struck the front driver’s side of a 1964 Ford truck, he said.

That vehicle was an ice cream truck, a source said.

Cunningham fell to the ground and suffered multiple injuries, police said.

The driver of the truck, a 29-year-old woman, immediately pulled over, Mirabelli said.

Cunningham was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where she was pronounced dead at 9:11 p.m., according to the medical examiner’s office.

The driver of the truck was issued four citations, Mirabelli said. They were: driving with a suspended or revoked license; driving without proof of insurance; driving without the proper vehicle driver’s classification, and truck safety violations. She is scheduled to appear in traffic court at 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 4.

The police Major Accident Investigation Unit is investigating.

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