Warrenville man indicted in 135 mph fatal Wheaton crash

  • Brian Thunderkick

    Brian Thunderkick

  • Brian Thunderkick of Warrenville has been indicted on three charges in connection with a Sept. 30 fatal crash in Wheaton in which he is accused of driving his Camaro at 135 mph down Butterfield Road.

    Brian Thunderkick of Warrenville has been indicted on three charges in connection with a Sept. 30 fatal crash in Wheaton in which he is accused of driving his Camaro at 135 mph down Butterfield Road. COURTESY OF ABC7

 
 
Updated 10/26/2017 2:28 PM

A DuPage County grand jury has indicted a Warrenville man accused of causing last month's fiery fatal crash in Wheaton.

Brian Thunderkick, 62, of the 2S000 block of Pierre Curie Lane, was indicted on charges or reckless homicide, attempted leaving the scene of an accident involving death and aggravated battery.

 

Thunderkick currently is free on home confinement after posting 10 percent of his $150,000 bail.

Prosecutors say Thunderkick caused the deadly Sept. 30 crash while traveling 135 mph along Butterfield Road in Wheaton. A 22-year-old Elgin woman, Erika Villagomez, was killed when Thunderkick's Chevy Camaro crashed into the rear of her Honda Accord, causing it to burst into flames and trapping her inside.

Prosecutors are hoping to get Thunderkick back behind bars as soon as his Monday arraignment. They have said they hope to file additional aggravated driving under the influence of drug charges to justify a significant increase to his bail but, as of Thursday, those additional charges had not been filed.

Prosecutors said the DUI kit performed on Thunderkick is "being rushed" but is not complete. A test of Thunderkick's urine, however, came back positive for barbiturates.

The crash occurred about 11 a.m. on Butterfield Road just east of Naperville Road.

Thunderkick allegedly told prosecutors he had the Camaro's gas pedal "all the way to the floor" because he wanted to "open it up" shortly before the crash.

Authorities said Villagomez was screaming for help as officers and civilians tried to rescue her from the burning vehicle. She died before she could be pulled from the wreckage.

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