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Frankfort Square Park District employee killed in lawn mower accident

Frankfort Square Park District's UniCreek Park is located district offices. | DonnVickroy/Sun-Times Media

Frankfort Square Park District's Union Creek Park is located at the district offices. | Donna Vickroy/Sun-Times Media

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Updated: July 21, 2014 3:43PM



A seasonal employee of the Frankfort Square Park District died Tuesday after he was injured in a riding lawn mower accident, officials said.

Francis Licka, 19, suffered multiple injuries in the accident near 80th Avenue and Mary Drew Parkway in unincorporated Frankfort Square, the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.

Licka was taken to Franciscan St. James Health in Olympia Fields where he died at 1:44 p.m. Tuesday, the medical examiner’s office said.

An autopsy Wednesday found he died of multiple injuries and ruled his death an accident.

According to a press release from park district director Jim Randall, Licka collapsed while mowing at Union Creek Park.

According to the release, bystanders called for help and began attending to Licka.

Tinley Park Deputy Police Chief Lorelei Mason said police responded to the incident at 12:45 p.m. Tuesday.

The accident still is under investigation.

Licka, of Frankfort, was on a riding mower when the mower “apparently tipped over, but we’re not sure.”

Others were mowing grass in the area, but authorities were not sure if anyone was near him when it happened.

“Frank Licka was a valued employee of the Frankfort Square Park District and a dear friend and colleague to many. Frank worked for our agency during his high school summer years and, most recently, as a college student,” the release said. “The park district extends its sorrow and deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Frank.”

Contributing: Susan DeMar
Lafferty, Erin Gallagher



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