Woodstock man may have been wearing earbuds when he was hit, police say

A 25-year-old Woodstock man was killed when he was hit by an SUV while riding a bicycle on Route 47 Aug. 15.

Robert Amos James was riding north on Route 47 when he crossed into an intersection and was struck by a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe traveling east on Highway 14, according to the Woodstock Police Department.

Police and paramedics arrived on the scene at around 7:33 p.m., shortly after a 911 call went out. James was taken to Centegra Hospital-Woodstock, where he was pronounced dead at 8:42 p.m.

An autopsy by McHenry County Coroner’s Office showed James died from blunt force injuries to the head, chest and abdomen.

The preliminary investigation indicates the person driving the Tahoe had a green light at the time of the crash, according to the WPD. No citations have been issued.

“The final investigation is not closed out by the [Major Crash Assistance Team], but I’m not anticipating any citations,” WPD Deputy Chief Jeffrey Parsons said.

Witnesses told police James was wearing earbuds when he was struck, Parsons added. He said James was not wearing a helmet.

The crash remains under investigation by the WPD, MCAT and the coroner’s office.

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