Lawrence McKenney knew something was wrong.
He had been waiting for hours for his 68-year-old younger brother to return from his job at Northeastern Illinois University Thursday evening. “When I got a call from the hospital, my stomach dropped. I knew it was my brother,” said McKenney, 73.
Officials at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston told McKenney his brother had been hit by a car while he was riding his bicycle near Main Street and Skokie Highway. Robert McKenney, 68, was thrown from the bicycle and crushed his skull, his brother said.
As he regularly did, Robert McKenney biked the four miles from his Skokie home to Northeastern, where he worked in the purchasing department. “If the weather was nice, he rode his bike,” his brother said.
McKenney was scheduled to work half a day on Thursday and was expected home about 3 p.m., said McKenney, who lived with his brother.
McKenney was riding south on Skokie near Main Street when he was hit by a motorist, his brother said. He flipped over and struck his head.
Robert McKenney was pronounced dead at 1 a.m. Friday at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
He was a veteran who served in Korea, his brother said. “He was a cheerful guy, very religious and never missed a Mass,” he said. “The pope should have his record.”
Police said Robert McKenney was trying to cross the road when he was struck. The driver of the car, 30 years old, tried to avoid McKenney and crashed into a pole, police said.
The investigation is ongoing, but the driver has not been charged, police said.