A 58-year-old Wilmette man died early this morning after falling backward through a glass coffee table and severely wounding his back, police reported.
Brian C. Baker, of the 1200 block of Ashland Avenue, was pronounced dead at 12:47 a.m. at Evanston Hospital, succumbing to his injuries just over a half hour after Wilmette police and fire departments were called to his home, police said.
When officers and firefighters arrived at Baker’s home, they found him on the kitchen floor, “severely bleeding from his back from wounds that appeared to have been caused by shards of glass from the coffee table,” according to a police press release.
Wilmette Fire Department paramedics attempted to treat Baker while transporting him to Evanston Hospital.
Wilmette police reported they have launched a death investigation but said the preliminary indication is that the death was accidental. The official cause of death will be determined by a Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office autopsy.