Helmut Jahn Dead: Architect Killed in Bike Accident


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A view of the 44-floor Cosmopolitan apartment tower in the heart of Warsaw, Poland./Architect Helmut Jahn attends a reception held by German President Joachim Gauck at Schloss Bellevue palace on July 3, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

Helmut Jahn, the famed German-American architect known in part for his world-renowned work in Chicago died Saturday, May 8, 2021 from injury he suffered in a bicycling accident in Campton Hills.

Jahn was 81. Campton Hills Police investigated the cause of Jahn’s crash, and confirmed his death to the Chicago Tribune and other news outlets. He was pronounced dead at the scene in Campton Hills, a village near St. Charles, a western Chicago suburb in Kane County.

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Jahn Was Cycling When He Was Hit By 2 Vehicles in Campton Hills & Police Said He Did Not Stop at an Intersection

Jahn was riding his bicycle in Campton Hills, near St. Charles at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 8, when he was hit by two vehicles, Campton Hills police said in a news release summarized by the Chicago Tribune and other news outlets. Multiple witnesses told police Jahn did not stop at a stop sign as he approached an intersection, for unknown reasons.

“That’s what multiple witnesses relayed,” Campton Hills Officer Scott Coryell told the Chicago Tribune. “For an unknown reason, he failed to stop.”

He was riding the bicycle northeast on Old Lafox Road, approaching its T-shaped intersection with Burlington Road when he was hit in the village, a western Chicago suburb in Kane County.

Steven Millar, Campton Hills Police Chief Steven Millar told news outlets a silver Chevrolet Trailblazer SUV headed southeast on Burlington Road struck Jahn, and then a second vehicle, a silver Hyundai Sonata headed northwest on Burlington Road, struck him also.

“He was hit by the Trailblazer going south(east) and ended up in the north(west) lane where the Sonata hit him,” Coryell told the Chicago Tribune.

The driver of the Trailblazer and a female passenger in the SUV were not injured, officials said. The driver of the Sonata, who was an Elburn women, was taken to Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva for treatment of injuries that were not considered to be life threatening. The Trailblazer driver and his female passenger were not injured.