Ricky Baker of Region, IL, Dies after Crash in Southern Chicago Suburbs
38-year-old Ricky Baker of Hammond has been identified as the man who died a few days after a car crash in the southern Chicago suburbs of Markham.
According to authorities, the accident occurred at approximately 1 a.m. on September 1 at the intersection of West 159th Street and Western Avenue in Markham. Police haven’t provided many details on the crash, but reports indicate that Baker was riding a motorcycle when he was struck by an unidentified vehicle. The circumstances that led to the collision are unclear.
Baker was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead on September 4 due to multiple blunt force injuries he suffered in the crash, sources indicate. No other injuries were reported.
Markham police did not say if any charges or citations will be issued in the case. The investigation is ongoing.
Traffic accidents of this kind aren’t uncommon in Illinois, but fatalities usually account for less than 1 percent of all traffic-related crashes reported each year. For example, Illinois reported 324,473 car crashes in 2016. Approximately 1,000 of those crashes involved deaths.
Pending the outcome of the investigation into the Markham crash, Ricky Baker’s family may be entitled to a wrongful death claim. While taking legal action may not be a priority for those who have just lost a loved one, it is imperative for survivors of the deceased to consider retaining a wrongful death attorney as soon as possible. With the help of an attorney, the families of wrongful death victims can seek compensation for loss of love/companionship, medical and funeral expenses, and more.
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