On an afternoon in November last year, a 33-year-old Illinois man was cycling on the shoulder of a Carbondale roadway when he was knocked down by a vehicle. Witnesses reported seeing the driver swerving across the traffic lanes before the vehicle struck the cyclist. Police were alerted about the bicycle accident, and officers arrived to find the man unconscious on the ground.
It was reported at the time that the victim's heart failed, but he was revived before he was rushed to a hospital. There it was determined that he had suffered a broken back and neck, rib fractures and severe head trauma. He was then airlifted to another hospital but succumbed to his injuries the following morning.