Chicago Fire Department Lieutenant Dies 3 Weeks After Bicycle Crash

CHICAGO (CBS) — A Chicago Fire Department lieutenant died Monday, three weeks after he was struck by a vehicle while riding his bicycle back to his Far South Side home following a shift.

Danny Carbol, 56, died at 10:05 p.m. Monday at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Carbol finished his shift on Sept. 20 and told the other guys goodbye before getting on his bike to ride home, as he had done for years, Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said.

He collided with a vehicle and braked hard, going over the bike and hitting the vehicle head-first, Langford said. The exact time and address of the crash was not immediately known.

“Despite the best efforts to save him, the brain damage was irreversible,” Langford said.

“It’s a great loss to the department,” Langford said.

“Danny comes from a firefighter family. His dad served many years and his brother is also a firefighter. He rode his bicycle to and from the firehouse for many years. We are saddened at the loss and his department family joins his first family in mourning his death.”

An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2016. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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