Authorities have contacted the German Consulate in Chicago to help reach the relatives of a woman who was killed and a man who was seriously injured when they were struck by a motorcycle on Lake Shore Drive. The couple are from Germany, and authorities said they are having a hard time contacting their families there.
(image source Chicago Tribune)
They were among a group of pedestrians who were crossing Lake Shore Drive around 10:45 p.m. Monday when a motorcyclist driving between cars ran a red light and struck them in a crosswalk near Buckingham Fountain.
The two were thrown 30 to 40 feet by the impact, authorities said.
The man riding the motorcycle, Charles Lyons, 20, was taken in serious condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Police said he suffered spinal cord injuries.
(full article at Chicago Tribune)
Carrying ICE Information Can Make a Difference
While travel is normally reasonably safe, accidents can happen at any time and cannot always be prevented. First responders often have a very difficult time locating emergency contacts even when the accident is in the person’s home city, and many people spend hours in emergency rooms before their family can be located.
When the accident occurs in another State, or worse, in another Country, the task of locating the family or emergency contacts can be almost insurmountable.
This could easily be avoided by carrying a simple “In Case of Emergency” (ICE) card which lists the telephone numbers of those persons who should be notified in case of an emergency.
In fact, the American Red Cross as well as AAA recommend that everyone carry such a card. It can be as simple as a hand printed, laminated emergency contact card. Even better is a custom printed card made from heavy duty plastic, similar to a credit card, which contains not only several emergency contacts but also has room for medical, allergy, and other information. These are available from www.ice-gear.com and others.
If the unthinkable were to happen, hours or days would not be lost trying to find loved ones and family to notify.