Police: Man charged in Mount Prospect crash that killed 3 was going 108 mph
A Des Plaines man has been charged in a Mount Prospect crash last month that killed three members of a Des Plaines family.
Mount Prospect police said Thursday that Garrett M. Kowalski, 25, of the 500 block of North Third Avenue, ran two red lights before crashing into the victims' vehicle at 108 miles per hour on March 7 at Rand and Mount Prospect roads. Police also said a blood sample revealed the presence of a controlled substance, ketamine, in his blood.
The Cook County state's attorney's office approved three counts of reckless homicide, three counts of aggravated driving under the influence of drugs and one count of possession of a controlled substance, police said in a news release.
Kowalski's bond hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Rolling Meadows courthouse.
Kowalski was the driver of a gold Ford Escape that struck a white Honda Accord. All three occupants of the Accord -- 58-year-old Francisco Flores Rodriguez of Des Plaines, his wife, Georgina Perez Gomez, 59, and their son, Francisco Javier Flores Perez, 31 -- were killed.
Police said evidence from the scene, witness statements and surrounding businesses' camera footage indicated Kowalski ran the red light at Wolf Road and continued on Rand Road until he drove into the intersection of Mount Prospect Road, running the red light and striking the Honda's driver's side.
A crash data recorder indicated the Ford was traveling about 108 mph when it struck the Honda, police said.
Kowalski was hospitalized for his injuries.
After the crash, Des Plaines police responded to a 911 call at Kowalski's apartment for an unsecured front door.
A Des Plaines officer reported seeing powdered drugs in plain view, which led Mount Prospect police to obtain a search warrant, Mount Prospect police said. The Northeastern Illinois Regional Crime Laboratory determined the drug was ketamine, and Kowalski's blood sample from the hospital also tested positive for ketamine, police said.
After the lab results were obtained, Mount Prospect police asked Kowalski to surrender, which he did Thursday.