Police: Man Critically Hurt During Fight Over Bicycle Dies

Updated 7/16/11 1:36 p.m.

MARKHAM, Ill. (STMW) – A 48-year-old man who was beaten Monday over a bicycle has died, police said Saturday afternoon.

The unidentified man died Saturday at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, a Cook County Sheriff’s release said. A spokesman for the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office could not confirm that as of 1:20 p.m.

Meanwhile, charges are expected to be upgraded for a man already charged in the beating, Ronald Wade, the release said.

Bond was set Friday at $2 million for Wade, who allegedly beat the victim for his bicycle on Monday in south suburban Ford Heights.

Wade, 18, of the 1000 block of Lexington Circle in Ford Heights, was initially charged with aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, according to a release from the Cook County SheriffÕs office. Wade appeared in Markham bond court Friday.

Around 9 p.m. on July 11th, witnesses say the victim and Wade were struggling over the victim’s bicycle near the 1400 block of East 13th Place in Ford Heights, according to the release.

The argument and struggle escalated and Wade allegedly attacked the victim, using a chokehold. He allegedly beat the man and threw him to the ground — causing multiple severe injuries to the victim’s head.

The victim was transported to St. James Hospital, but later taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County because of the gravity of his injuries, the release said.

Cook County Sheriff’s Police detectives arrested Wade Thursday and he admitted attacking the victim. He was charged with aggravated battery that day, according to the release.

Wade’s next court date is Aug. 3rd in Markham, according to the release.

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  • NWA

    I wonder if he has a father in the home and, if he did does he beat his father?


    • bryeisha stanback

      well i lost my father fred barnes to a kid that has no respect or heart and i want be satisfied until he gets the maximum for taking away my dad im his only daughter and child now my child will never get the love that he had for me

      • bryeisha stanback

        again my kids im so confused and upset why was it really worth it

    • Corner Wino

      another cheth going to prison to vist all his daddies…

    • Lisa Culbert

      …what do mean THESE PEOPLE?!?!?!

    • sexy chocolate

      no and his mom is trash!!

  • LittleOldLady

    Mr. NWA, your comment is nasty and uncalled for. Why would you make such a terrible comment to one of the other people commenting. The Yo Momma joke is 1970’s, don’t you think? You should feel ashamed of yourself for making such a comment.

  • Lisa Culbert

    …over a bike?!?!?!?! 4real smh, let me stop acting brand new.

  • Lisa Culbert

    …that was just wrong on so many levels, even if what he said bothered you sometimes ya just gotta step back, breathe and look away. It aint called being a punk or being scared, its called being a GROWN A&* MAN. Some ishhh ya just don’t repsond too.

  • Lisa Culbert


  • G-MAN

    Well I can tell just from lookin at this inner city RAT –He has no idea who his DADDY is .. most of them dont..

    • LYNDIA

      How do you know that he dosen’t know who is father is? Are you the father or perhaps your daddy? You suburban people kill me. You come into the city for some action (drugs or sex) then you go back to your ivory tower and talk. SEE YOU ON MADISON AND CICERO TONIGHT G MAN.


    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA, TELL EM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kanye

    George Bush doesn’t care about black people.

    • Al Redding

      @Kanye, I know it is hard to keep track, but George is retired, the new guy is Obama, and I heard he likes black people. You’ll be OK in the morning.

    • NIZZER

      What in the HELL does George Bush have to do with this?

  • Charlie Sheen


  • sonnyboy77

    NIZZER-you are wrong. This country would be better off without you and your kind. There is no room for racists people like you who eats their own vomit and sucks yellow soft bowel stuff through their nasty lips. I wish we could meet so you could be taught.

    • NIZZER

      First of all you could’nt teach me anything, and if we met you would get your black ass beat.n

    • Bill Kidd

      I’m new here, but aren’t you displaying an anger problem along with a filthy mouth? If you are sucking on yellow soft bowel stuff or eating vomit, you need to seek help. What the hell is wrong with you, Boy? We are all sorry you are black. Please allow yourself to be taught !!

  • Black and proud

    I see this blog is full of racist people who are very ignorant to the real issues at hand. I wish I could meet anyone of you racist people in person. You can then tell me how you feel about my race (the balck race). Then we will see who the real cowards are that hide behind those sheets. Request and I’ll tell you my real adreess and I’ll see if you have the courage you portray to have. God help ignorant racist people.

    • Craig Sayers

      @Black, Please enlighten everyone to the real issues at hand. You are not really suggesting that you would actually physically harm anyone, are you? You sound like an angry black man with a huge chip on your shoulder. Who’s the ignorant one now?

  • Just Axin

    Hey, Black and Proud, since you offered and if you’re woke yet from your afternoon nap, why didn’t you list your address and which apt you stay at?

  • Citizzzen

    This guy is probably going to tell some liberal judge he needed a bike to get to work and get 5 years probation.

  • Lyndia

    The same can by said for you goldberg.

    • OLD VET


  • Lyndia

    The same can be said about you goldberg.


    Not Guilty!!!

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