8-Year Old Crystal Lake Girl in Critical Condition after Colliding with Car on West End

I awoke to Crystal Lake after Crystal Lake Police car speeding noisily past our Lake Avenue home.  Then I think it was a fire engine, also with siren blaring, headed for whatever had happened.

We had the windows open in the partially accomplished home that the temperature would decrease over night.

Where the 8-year old bicyclist got hit by a car.

The Crystal Lake Police have issued the following press release telling why:

On Wednesday, June 8th, 2011 at 7:35 am, Crystal Lake Police and Fire Rescue Departments responded to the area of North and Millard Avenues to the scene of a motor vehicle crash.

Upon arrival, emergency crews determined that one vehicle and one bicyclist had been involved.

It has been determined that a 2004 Acura TL, operated by Bradley A. Harding (39) of Lakewood had been traveling eastbound on North Avenue in the area of Millard Avenue when a bicycle, operated by an eight (8) year old, female juvenile, attempted to cross North Avenue while traveling southbound across the roadway.

The bicyclist collided with the vehicle within the eastbound lane, resulting in the bicycle impacting the driver side front quarter panel.

The juvenile was flown from the scene by helicopter to Lutheran General Hospital, in Park Ridge, where she is listed in critical condition.

The driver of the vehicle involved in the accident reported no injuries on scene.

The driver has cooperated with the police investigation which remains ongoing.

No citations have been issued or arrests made as a result of this accident at present.

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The little girl’s name is Rachael Miller. Learn how to help her family pay for funeral and medical expenses here. “>here.


8-Year Old Crystal Lake Girl in Critical Condition after Colliding with Car on West End — 1 Comment

  1. Oh Rachel!!! It’s been 4 years since you passed and I miss you so much.

    You were so sweet and funny❤ I miss you a lot.

    You were such an amazing girl.

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