Cops: Warrenville man driving 135 mph at time of fatal Wheaton crash
A 62-year-old Warrenville man has been charged with reckless homicide in connection with a fiery car crash Saturday that killed a 23-year-old woman in Wheaton.
Authorities said Brian Thunderkick, of the 2S000 block of Pierre Curie Lane, was driving about 135 mph when he crashed into a vehicle driven by Erika Villagomez. His bail has been set at $150,000.
Police responded about 11 a.m. to the crash scene on Butterfield Road just east of Naperville Road and found the victim's car, a Honda Accord, completely engulfed in flames. Villagomez was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officers also found Thunderkick at the scene and immediately took him into custody.
Prosecutors said Thunderkick was driving his black Camaro erratically and fast west on Butterfield Road when he crashed into the back of the Accord.
"On Saturday, despite the heroic efforts of citizens and law enforcement, Erika Villagomez's life came to a horrible, fiery end all because Mr. Thunderkick allegedly wanted to see how fast he could drive," DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin said Monday. "I offer my sincerest condolences to Erika's family and friends as they grieve their loss. Mr. Thunderkick's outrageous behavior and apparent disregard for public safety, as alleged in this case, will not be tolerated and will be met with the full force of the law."
Thunderkick's next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 30 in front of Judge George Bakalis.