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Police Investigate Death of 19-Year-Old Frankfort Square Park District Employee

Frank Licka was a 2013 graduate of Lincoln-Way North High School.

Tinley Park Police are investigating the death of a 19-year-old Frankfort Square Park District employee.

Frank Licka, 19, was found Tuesday around 12:45 p.m., after collapsing while mowing grass at Union Creek Park.

Licka died of multiple injuries and his death has been ruled an accident, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office. 

Bystanders immediately summoned emergency medical services and attended to the victim pending arrival of paramedics, according to a statement from the Frankfort Square Park District. 

He was taken to Franciscan St. James in Olympia Fields, where he was pronounced dead at 1:44 p.m. Police do not believe foul play was involved, said Tinley Park Police Chief Steve Neubauer. 

Licka was a 2013 graduate of Lincoln-Way North High School, and a freshman at Bradley University in Peoria. He had worked for the park district during his high school years. 

"Frank Licka was a valued employee of the Frankfort Square Park District and a dear friend and colleague to many," according to a statement from the park district. 

"The Park District extends its sorrow and deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Frank."



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JaB June 21, 2014 at 11:43 AM
Is there like an entire paragraph of information missing here? You went from "after collapsing from mowing grass..." to "died of multiple injuries..."
Rebecca Wharrie June 21, 2014 at 03:02 PM
What was the lawn mower accident??
Alan Vanderbilt June 23, 2014 at 12:54 PM
the mower tipped over on him Rebecca
Mokena Resident July 15, 2014 at 06:05 PM
What a poorly written article~!
Susan McFadden July 15, 2014 at 10:19 PM
Why are some people so blood-thirsty and need to know every gory detail? It is a shame this young man died. Can't you just leave a word of respect regarding the loss of life? Godspeed to this young man, his friends and family...

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