it just gets worse,,,,,,,,
Coroner: Driver painting nails kills biker
May 3, 2009 6:25 PM | 18 Comments
A motorcyclist was killed Saturday night when a driver, distracted while painting her fingernails, slammed into her at a traffic light near northwest suburban Lake Zurich, authorities said today.
Anita Zaffke, of the 1500 block of Eddy Lane in Lake Zurich, stopped at a yellow light around 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Route 12 and Old McHenry Road, but the Chevrolet Impala behind her did not, said Lake County Coroner Richard Keller.
Zaffke, who was wearing a helmet, was thrown about 200 feet from her bike, according to Keller, who added that she died from chest and abdominal injuries about an hour later at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington.
"It appears to be a tragic accident and it appears (Zaffke) did nothing wrong," Lake County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Scott Morrison said. "She was just in the wrong place at the wrong time and she could not have done anything to avoid it."
Morrison said the Impala's driver was cited with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and could face additional charges. He did not have her name.
Keller said the driver told authorities she was painting her fingernails before the impact. Morrison said he could not comment on that aspect of the ongoing investigation.
-- Dan P. Blake
i'd say be careful out there but it didnt seem to help this rider