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Police question motorist in River North crash that killed ‘enthusiastic’ bicyclist

Robert 'Bobby' Cann  |   Facebook photo

Robert "Bobby" Cann | Facebook photo

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Updated: May 30, 2013 10:44PM

Robert “Bobby” Cann rode his bike to his job at Groupon every day of the year, no matter the weather, and was cycling Wednesday night when he was struck and killed by a car in the River North area.

Cann, a 26-year-old transplant from New Hampshire, had worked at Groupon’s editorial department, producing goofy blurbs to help sell daily deals for more than two years and was well-liked by colleagues, some of whom left the office in shock after hearing the news Thursday morning.

“It was pretty devastating today,” said a colleague who asked not to be named. “It was pretty hard to concentrate.”

Cann was known for his outgoing, gregarious personality.

“At Groupon, sometimes you can end up G-Chatting with the person sitting next to you and never really know them, but everyone knew Bobby,” said the colleague. “He told jokes and gestured a lot and was very enthusiastic about everything.”

Chicago Police were questioning the driver of a vehicle that may have been involved in the crash that killed Cann, who was riding south on Larrabee when a southbound car struck him about 6:35 p.m. near Clybourn. The 28-year-old motorist stayed on the scene and was taken into custody, police said. No charges had been filed as of late Thursday.

Cann died about 30 minutes later at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Cann, of the 3200 block of North Southport, was unanimously elected the first “employee of the month” when the program began in January.

“He was a really talented guy. He taught himself code because he figured out inefficiencies in our system, and he made all these little tools for the whole department to use. It was kind of amazing,” the colleague said.

Cann, who loved outdoor activities, formerly worked at REI in Lincoln Park and used his store discount to stock up on outdoor and sporting gear.

“I passed him outside the building once and he was on the way to get a fishing pole because he wanted to try fly fishing in Lake Michigan. He was from New Hampshire and lived in a more rural community and missed the outdoors,” the colleague said.

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