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Cops hunt for driver who killed Cary cyclist
By Corrinne Hess | Daily Herald Staff

John Brink, 25, of Cary, was killed Saturday night when a car hit the back of his bicycle along Route 59 near Fox Lake. The Lake County Sheriff's office is looking for the driver.


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Published: 2/11/2008 12:02 AM

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While making funeral arrangements Sunday for their 25-year-old son, Thomas and Peggy Brink had few answers about his death.

What the Brinks do know is someone driving a large Ford vehicle struck John Brink from behind Saturday night and left him for dead.

Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran said Brink, of Cary, was riding a friend's mountain bike east on Route 59, near Wilson Road in Ingleside about 9:15 p.m. when a light metallic blue Ford SUV or minivan struck him.

"We've got Lt. John Jansky working on the case. He is Lake County's prominent accident reconstruction expert, and I'm confident we'll find the driver," Curran said.

Two 13-year-olds reportedly found Brink's body about 9:30 p.m.

Lake County Coroner Richard Keller said Brink died at the scene of multiple trauma wounds.

Thomas Brink said his wife drove John to a friend's house near Fox Lake about 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

The group of friends was planning to go out later in the evening and John borrowed the bike to get cigarettes at a nearby convenience store, Thomas Brink said.

John was a typical 25-year-old, he said.

"He was in-between jobs but actively looking," Thomas Brink said. "He had a lot of friends and was very well liked."

Brink attended Palatine High School and Cary-Grove High School.

"He was the youngest of my three children," Peggy Brink said. "He is the godfather to his first and only niece. John has been a wonderful son and will be dearly missed by his family."

Funeral arrangements are pending.

The Lake County Sheriff's Department is asking anyone with information related to Saturday's hit-and-run to call Crime Stoppers at (847) 662-2222.