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Arrest Made in Crash That Killed Recent L-W North Grad

Police say a 21-year-old Lemont man's high-speed reckless driving caused the crash that took the life of Frankfort's Julie Gorczynski.

Police accused a Lemont man of driving too fast and causing a traffic accident that resulted in the death of Frankfort teen Julie Gorczynski.

Lukasz Marszalek, 21, of the 19W000 block of Hillcrest Lane in Lemont, was charged with one count of aggravated reckless driving, a Class 4 felony. Orland Park Police’s traffic division reconstructed the accident and concluded that Marszalek was speeding and caused the accident, according to a release from .

No evidence of alcohol or drug use was discovered after toxicology tests were performed on both Marszalek and the driver of the vehicle in which Gorczynski was riding, police Sgt. Scott Malmborg said Wednesday.

Gorczynski, 17, was declared dead after she was . Earlier in the evening, Gorczynski was riding in a Jeep Cherokee that was turning north on to 88th Avenue from 135th Street, when the vehicle was struck by a Mazda driven by .

Police determined that Marszalek was driving at least 76 m.p.h. as a result of the crash reconstruction, Malmborg said.

Marszalek’s bail was set at $150,000 after a hearing Wednesday morning. He is scheduled to be in court next on Sept. 19.

Gorczynski, one of six children, had just graduated from .

“Who would know that she'd graduate on one Friday and die on the next Friday?”

 

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