Minutes before he was struck and killed by an allegedly intoxicated driver, Cyprian Preut posted a photo on Facebook of the view looking west on Central toward Downtown from the Hotel Parq Central. The handlebars of his bike peek out from the bottom of the frame.
Around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, police say 24-year-old Jenna Conklin was driving northbound on Broadway when she crashed into Preut, who was heading west on Central.
He died at the scene.
Conklin was arrested and charged with homicide by vehicle while driving while intoxicated. She was booked into the county jail on a $35,000 bond late Tuesday.
Conklin told police she was driving north on Broadway at Central, watching the car ahead of her make a right turn, according to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court. She said she saw the car in front of her turn right and then, as she drove forward, she “felt a thud and her car would not go any more.”
She told police she never saw anyone in the area.
Officers conducted sobriety tests on Conklin after she told them she had taken Vicodin, and they smelled alcohol on her breath, according to the complaint. She told them she was taking Vicodin because she is getting ready to have dental work done and had drunk one beer and a shot of liquor earlier in the evening.
Officers determined she was under the influence of a nervous system depressant and unable to operate a motor vehicle safely, according to complaint.
By the time officers responded to the crash, 42-year-old Preut was dead on the street.
Friends said Preut, the kitchen manager at the Uptown Sports Bar, was an avid cyclist and disc golfer, who always had a smile on his face.
Eric Kreutzer, who met Preut in high school, said they remained friends as they worked in restaurants together, talking about their children and the Chicago Cubs.
He said Preut had posted a photo of Roosevelt Park, where he liked to go play disc golf, Tuesday evening. Then he posted the photo of his bike and Central.
“The sun was about to go down,” Kreutzer said. “He was enjoying his favorite park, enjoying his ride home. That was the last day he was around.”