Bobby Cann, Young Cyclist Killed By Drunk Driver, Remembered With Honorary Street Along Clybourn

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A well-loved cycling safety advocate killed by a drunk driver earlier this year is one step closer to being memorialized with an honorary street in Old Town.

After Ald. Walter Burnett Jr. (27th) introduced the proposal last month, The Committee on Transportation and Public Way gave the go-ahead at Wednesday's Council Meeting.

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Bobby Cann, 26, was killed by a drunk driver in May along North Clybourn Avenue. (Groupon)

Police say when he struck Cann, Hamel, 28, had a blood-alcohol content of .127 and was driving his Mercedes sedan at 50 mph along the stretch of Clybourn -- a 30 mph zone.

Cann's death was mourned by the city's cycling community and also sparked safety advocates to push for true protected bike lanes and better cyclist safety. After outcry over Cann's death, the Illinois Department of Transportation committed to installing protected lanes along Clybourn where they had arbitrarily blocked them in February.

Last week, a judge denied Hamel's request to get his impounded Mercedes back. Hamel's next court date is Nov. 8. after which Streetsblog Chicago says he may get his car and possessions again.

“There’s a lot of culture out there that causes a lot of damage: driving under the influence, speeding, in a city where we’re supposed to be sharing the road with pedestrians and bicyclists,” said Cann family attorney Todd Smith. “I don’t think this kind of behavior is sufficiently challenged.”



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