Police: Drunk Driver Fatally Struck Bicyclist

Sunday, Dec 8, 2013  |  Updated 9:57 AM CDT
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Woman Claims Skokie Cops Assaulted Her

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Suburban Police Officer Charged With Shoving Woman

A Skokie police officer is charged with two felonies for allegedly shoving a woman accused of DUI in the police station lock-up. The woman suffered serious injuries to her face. NBC5’s Kim Vatis reports.

Woman Claims Skokie Cops Assaulted Her

Watch surveillance video of an incident that led Cassandra Feuerstein to file a lawsuit against the Skokie Police Department. She claims she was assaulted while in custody after she was arrested for DUI. Feuerstein's attorney Torri Hamilton describes the incident.
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A suburban Chicago man was allegedly driving under the influence when he struck and killed a bicyclist on the city’s West Side Friday night, police said.

Robert Vais, 54, was charged with one felony count of aggravated DUI and two misdemeanor counts of DUI, police said. He also received a traffic citation for failing to reduce his speed.

Police allege Vais was the driver of a van traveling westbound on Ogden Avenue that fatally struck a bicyclist just before midnight Friday.

The 28-year-old bicyclist, identified as Hector Avalos, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition where he was later pronounced dead, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.
 

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