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Witnesses say bicyclist might have been wearing earbuds when fatally struck in Woodstock

WOODSTOCK — A 25-year-old man was killed after being hit by an SUV Tuesday night at Routes 14 and 47 in Woodstock, police said.

Woodstock Fire Captain Brendan Parker said Woodstock firefighter/paramedics responded to a call of a car striking a pedestrian about 7:30 p.m. Initially, emergency crews called a Flight For Life helicopter to airlift the victim, but Parker said the man was instead transported to Centegra Hospital – Woodstock where he was pronounced dead.

A 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe was eastbound on Route 14 in the right lane when it collided in the intersection with a man riding a bicycle north on Route 47, Woodstock Deputy Police Chief Jeff Parsons said. Parsons would not provide the man's hometown.

"Witnesses say the man may have had earbuds in his ears, which might have distracted him," Parsons said.

Preliminary investigation also indicated the SUV traveled through a solid green light, according to a news release from the Woodstock Police Department.

Parsons said it did not appear any citations would be issued at this time. He added that a multi-agency Major Crash Assistance Team had been activated to investigate the crash alongside the McHenry County Coroner's Office. The crash remains under investigation.

An autopsy was performed Wednesday morning.

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