Injured Man's Death Ruled 'Accidental'

The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office reports on the autopsy of an Oak Lawn man who was found gravely injured on his front doorstep on Jan. 30.

The death of an Oak Lawn man found gravely injured on his front doorstep in the early morning hours of Jan. 30 has been ruled accidental, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

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Terrence R. Reichert, 51, was found by his fiancé unconscious and lying near his front door after he had been out the evening before at a Hometown tavern and was dropped off at his home near 109th Street and Komensky Avenue.

He died Monday morning at Advocate Christ Medical Center. There was some question by the man’s family whether he had been beaten.

Reichert’s body was autopsied by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office on Tuesday morning.

The medical examiner’s office attributed the cause of death to a closed head jury due to a fall. Contributing factors were cited as intoxication and hypothermia.

The case was reviewed by pathologists and Stephen J. Cina, M.D., chief medical examiner for Cook County, an Oak Lawn police news release said.

Oak Lawn police called Reichert’s death “a very tragic accident” and said they have met with Reichert’s family.

“Our deepest sympathies are with his family as they try to cope with their loss,” police said.

Reichert’s family has set up a Facebook page in his honor where friends and family can leave their memories of the man described as funny, fun-loving and a loyal friend and brother.

dk sherlock February 06, 2013 at 02:48 PM
Time for the family to get television attention and get beyond Oak Lawn! Hold a fundraiser, invite the media, put up a reward, try to attract a private detective to the case. Most of all - no matter how painful - RELEASE THE PHOTOGRAPHS TO THE MEDIA, and DO IT NOW.
dk sherlock February 06, 2013 at 02:52 PM
I'd say you're the one who doesn't know much about how Cook County works.
wacky times February 06, 2013 at 02:55 PM
This is what happens when people "report" information and others choose to publish it via the Patch as if its totally true. If people truly believe this is some sort of "conspiracy" between OLPD and the Medical Examiner then we as a society are in dire straits. Oliver, it seems that you may believe this is a cover up with the words you have typed, or you may be looking to "muck" up the election. If you believe what you heard is true, most likely on the facebook crap as your source, then do Oak Lawn a favor and move, maybe the South Pole......
jmdeunger February 06, 2013 at 07:30 PM
As a trauma nurse, not at Christ, I have cared for many patients with tragic falls related to intoxication. These patients do truly look like they have been beaten, especially when they when they haven't received medical treatment quickly. The man laid there for hours allowing the. time for all the bruising and swelling to become evident. Doctors and nurse are concerned with saving a persons life not the clothing and other articles that get cut off so we can do our jobs! My prayers go out to the family for their loss. sometime sometimes drinking just isn't worth it.
Lorraine Swanson February 06, 2013 at 09:46 PM
Out of respect for the Reichert family, no more comments are being accepted. Some of them are just getting plain hurtful and this family has suffered enough. As for the reporting, I did my due diligence, which is more than I can say for other local news media. I encourage anyone who has information to contact the Oak Lawn Police Department. This is a terrible loss for the Reichert family and for the Oak Lawn community. I never met Terry but by all the accounts I heard he was a great guy.


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