Arrest Made in Crash That Killed Frankfort Teen

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?”

Kerry Lyons-Studer August 31, 2011 at 10:19 PM
The last sentence just broke my heart. I worry about my 19 yr. old daughter every time she drives....you just never know. Hug your loved ones... Blessings and peace going out to the family.
amanda gorczynski August 31, 2011 at 11:19 PM
It breaks my heart every day waking up and not seeing my baby sister in her bed. What really breaks y heart is we buried her the day before her 18th birthday. All because someone through they could be Johnny race car driver. I miss my baby sister everyday and this boy will never know the pain he has caused my family and what we suffer everyday. I have to o to a cemetery to see my 18yr old sister, my mother and father have to go to a cemetery to see her daughter. I hope justice is served
Kathy Quilty August 31, 2011 at 11:30 PM
I live a few blocks from the accident and saw the damaged cars. My heart goes out to your & your family Amanda. May you have peace some day. That same night, I talked with my two sons, 15 & 17, about driving carefully. Again, I am so sorry for your family's loss.
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Olga September 02, 2011 at 08:52 PM
Too bad no one knows what really happened. Everyone is pointing fingers on Lukasz what about the girl who drove the other car? Its hard for both of them. No verdict has been given if I'm not mistaken in American you are innocent until proven guilt. From what I have read the driver turn left right in front of him so why isnt anyone saying anything about that.
Andy September 02, 2011 at 10:12 PM
Its a shame that someone had to die in this accident. But if you really think about this one, if the driver was doing 76 MPH and smashed into another car, there would be more then one fatality. From what I read in another article, they had some scratches on them, not even hospitalized.
NANCY GRACE September 05, 2011 at 01:06 PM
What a sad story. We will all pray for Julie's family at this time. But one thing, "Olga" must be a little slow...if Lukasz was driving the speed limit which is probably 35mph Julie would still be alive.
mg September 05, 2011 at 07:25 PM
I'm sorry for your family's lost. We don't have all details, but God wanted his daughter back. We are on loan to the world. Seek your heavenly Father if you attend church or not so you can see your wonderful family member and friend to some again.
Amanda Jo Brown November 22, 2011 at 02:39 AM
I am guessing Olga is probably Lukasz's mother. There is no way any other person could think that about this racecar driver. My prayers go out to this family. Stay strong.
july monte July 21, 2012 at 05:13 PM
what really happened was this scumbag lukasz marszalek has no regard for the law and has been issued so many speeding tickets and yet he's still driving. anybody who defend this scumbag is as low a scumbag as this pathetic criminal. doing 76mph in a 40mph residential is unforgivable. i hope you remember julie for the rest of your life.
Diane September 26, 2012 at 01:29 AM
wake up olga,,..... how many speeding violations did he have prior???????????
Jill September 26, 2012 at 01:40 AM
My heart goes out to you & your family, Amanda. Praying for you now and wishing that you can all find some sort of comfort & peace in the future.
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