Bicyclist Crashes Through Storefront Window, Dies

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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  • Jason

    Yeah, no vehicles were involved?? I guarantee someone ran him off the road. Happens to me twice a week…people are sooo busy with their cell phones and don’t pay attention anymore!!!1

  • Dave

    I suppose you also ALWAYS obey all traffic laws and signals – that would make you about the only one.

    • Chicagoan

      Sorry, Dave, but I obey all traffic laws and signals – they’re there for a reason. I also agree with Jason – cell phones are a real problem in traffic.

  • JeanSC

    It’s a mystery to me, and very sad, but there was definitely a “vehicle” involved: the bicycle.


    Cyclists don’t always help themselves, and I’ve seen joggers go against busy school day traffic (in the street).
    But, sometimes, I’d rather take my chances in Dodge City.

    I swear, sometimes, people don’t even use brakes. They start their car, and step on the gas.

  • just saying

    Is it possible that the deceased was talking on a cell phone as he rode his bike causing him to misjudge the curb?

    • Gerald Spencer

      52 year old male, probably not on a cell phone while riding a bike. Cell phones in public are girl things.

  • MAP

    Interesting enough I saw the accident site. I can not imagine how it happened.
    I can say that if you look in the windows that border the boarded up window.
    You can see his hat, jacket, orange strapping and a dead bird lying on the broken glass. The bird is the real mystery. This is right across from Palermno’s.

    • TC

      For some reason I find it strange that people are allowed to comment on such stories. For some,maybe it could offer a sense of closure. I was there that day but had no idea it was a life or death situation. It seemed an eternity before paramedics arrived. And with Christ Hospital just up the street, I’d hoped he’d be alright. Though the reality of death hurts so deeply, God, who is a good God, is still in control.

      • TC

        I saw the window is now boarded up.

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