A bicyclist who was involved in a “minor” traffic crash Monday died of a heart attack, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Stanley Lorkiewicz, 72, of the 7500 block of Octavia Avenue, Chicago, was riding along Milwaukee Avenue at Jonquil Terrace just before 8 a.m., Sept. 23, when he said he was struck by a beige vehicle that was headed east on Jonquil, said Niles Deputy Police Chief Dennis McEnerney.
Niles police and paramedics were called to the scene, but Lorkiewicz signed a release declining treatment, police said.
“I don’t think he was hit real hard, because there was no damage to the bike itself and there was no noticeable injury to the victim, either,” McEnerney said.
Deputy Police Chief Joseph Penze described the collision between Lorkiewicz and the vehicle as “minor.”
It was after paramedics had left the scene that Lorkiewicz suddenly collapsed, according to police. McEnerney said the police officers who were still present discovered Lorkiewicz did not have a pulse and used a portable defibrillator to shock his heart until paramedics returned and transported him to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. He was pronounced dead a short time later.
A spokesman for the Medical Examiner’s Office stated that an autopsy determined Lorkiewicz had died of acute coronary thrombosis.
McEnerney said Lorkiewicz was found to be intoxicated when police arrived after the accident, and a portable breathalyzer recorded his blood-alcohol level at .13, above the legal limit for operating a vehicle.
Lorkiewicz is believed to have spoken to the female driver of the car that allegedly struck him and she left the area before police had arrived.