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Bicyclist Crashes Through Storefront Window, Dies

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Updated 5/24/11 8:43 p.m.

OAK LAWN, Ill. (STMW) - A 52-year-old bicyclist died Tuesday afternoon after he crashed through a vacant storefront window in southwest suburban Oak Lawn, police said.

The Oak Lawn resident was riding a bicycle east on 95th Street when he hit a curb at 1:17 p.m. after crossing LaCrosse Avenue, Oak Lawn police Cmdr. Dennis Doyle said.

After hitting the curb, the man lost control and went through a large storefront window at 4823 W. 95th St., Doyle said. The window at the former Miss Fantasia Boutique was about 7-feet tall and sat atop about four or five rows of bricks.

The man — identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office as Michael Racky — suffered lacerations and was initially taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Doyle said.

Racky, of Oak Lawn, was pronounced dead at the hospital at 1:54 p.m., the medical examiner’s office said. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.

There was no evidence excessive speed played a role in the crash, and no vehicles were involved.

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