Anita Zaffke, of Lake Zurich, Ill., had stopped her motorcycle at a yellow light in the Chicago suburb Saturday when she was struck from behind by a Chevrolet Impala driven by an unidentified woman who allegedly told police she had been painting her fingernails while driving and didn't see Zaffke, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Zaffke was thrown from her bike, She died of chest and abdominal injuries at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, Ill., Lake County Coroner Richard Keller told the newspaper.
"It appears to be a tragic accident and it appears (Zaffke) did nothing wrong," Lake County Sheriff's Sgt. Scott Morrison told the Tribune. "She was just in the wrong place at the wrong time and she could not have done anything to avoid it."
Morrison said the driver of the car was given a ticket for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, and may face additional charges.
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