Paying From the Grave

Markham man ticketed in crash that killed him

It's pretty common for soldiers to be awarded medals posthumously for serving their country.

But a posthumous collection of traffic tickets?

Brian Habas received two tickets recently for leaving the roadway and damaging village property after a single-vehicle crash that killed him in Tinley Park.

The incident occurred just before 5 p.m. Tuesday when Habas lost control of his 2004 Chevy on 67th Avenue.

It had snowed the day before, and ice had formed on the road, making for slick conditions, the Tinley Park police report indicated.

Habas, 43, was driving south on 67th when he lost control of his car, left the road and hit several trees, a utility pole and a street sign before ending up in a resident's back yard, police said.

Police Cmdr. Rick Bruno said department policy dictates that motorists who damage village property are ticketed.

"Our officer was not under the impression that the accident [had caused] life-threatening injuries," Bruno said. "We think he may have had a pre-existing medical condition."

Police said that, in most cases, the driver is ticketed so property can be repaired.

"The idea is that the person responsible pays for the damage, and not the public," Bruno said.

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