Report: Driver Gets 6 Months in Jail for Crash That Killed L-W North Grad

Lukasz Marszalek, who was convicted of aggravated speeding in the 2011 accident that killed Julie Gorczynski, apologized in the courtroom before his punishment was handed down Tuesday, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The convicted driver in the 2011 Orland Park crash that killed a Frankfort teen was sentenced to six months in prison Tuesday, the Chicago Tribune reports.

READ: Frankfort Teen Dies in Orland Traffic Accident

Lukasz Marszalek, who was living in Lemont at the time of the crash, was convicted of aggravated speeding after the Orland Park Police's traffic division reconstructed the accident and concluded that Marszalek was going at least 76 mph in a 40-mph zone and .

a measure that prohibits judges from granting supervision to offenders charged with going 30 mph over the limit on highways and 25 mph in urban areas. The law was signed by Gov. Pat Quinn during a special ceremony at Lincoln-Way North High School, where Gorczynski had graduated a week before the crash. Julie's Law goes into effect July 1, 2013.


Before the 2011 crash, Marszalek had been placed on court suspension seven times previously, all for excessive speeding. The judge in the case said she considered these past violations, plus a speeding ticket he received after the 2011 accident, before handing down the maximum sentence for the misdemeanor charge, the Tribune reported.


Marszalek apologized before the sentencing, but Gorczynski's family and friends in attendance said it was insincere, according to the Tribune.


"I think he thinks he's not guilty," said Pam Gorczynski, Julie's mother, to a Tribune reporter. "I would hope he would take this tragedy and make something good happen, like we did."

Do you have stories and memories of Julie Gorczynski that you want to share? Do you have photos and videos that capture what made the late Frankfort teen so special? Add them to the comments section or the media gallery in this story. You also can go to Julie's Patch Memorial page to share your thoughts and feelings.

Read More About Julie Gorczynski:

  • Sharing Julie Gorczynski With the World
  • Frankfort Teen's Tragic Death Inspires Proposed State Traffic Law
  • Arrest Made in Crash That Killed Frankfort Teen
  • Community Pays Respects to Julie Gorczynski


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john bruno September 26, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Shame on the Judge...worse, shame on the State's attorney for not charging a guy with a felony after 7 supervisions....How can you get 7 supervisions on a speeding ticket? How did the Judge not consider that an aggravating circumstance? Someone should investigate this case. Prayers for the young lady that died....and for her family.
lala September 27, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Six months??? That is DISGUSTING and a slap in the face to the Gorczynski family. Why does it take so long for the law to go in to effect? God bless the Gorczynski for their loss and all they have been through.
Jon Flodstrom September 27, 2012 at 01:03 AM
She should be serving a life sentence for mansaluter. The fact that she's a mother shows she has no common sense or gives a damn for anyone except herself. She's an alcoholic and needs to be taken off the streets. Let her child grow up without a mother. She sure doesn't act like a mother ot a responsible human being.
GrammarGoebbels September 27, 2012 at 07:50 AM
small typo, "court suspension" should be "court supervision
a mom September 27, 2012 at 12:23 PM
There was a case on WGN news this morning of a woman getting sentenced to 1 year in jail for claiming she had breast cancer to raise money for a mastectamy but wanted to use the money for a breast augmentation. She got 1 year in prison....and this loser only gets 6 months
Deb Melchert September 27, 2012 at 01:06 PM
I'm usually one of the firsts to howl about lenient judges letting idiots like this walk with a slap on the wrist. In this case, the judge gave the maximum allowed with the charges filed. If you're going to be mad, and you should be, it should be with the state's attorney for the charges they filed. The judge even knew and mentioned that this killer has since moved to Indiana and has already been cited there for speeding. When he kills someone in Indiana, maybe they'll lock him up for good.
Barbara ODonnell September 27, 2012 at 04:16 PM
This jerk hasn't learned his lesson. He moves to Indiana and get yet ANOTHER speeding ticket. We won't be surprised when we hear that he kills ANOTHER innocent person in the future. I don't know how the state attorney can sleep a night- I am sure that Julie's parents can't.
j September 27, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Six months? HE KILLED SOMEONE! What a slap in the face to this girl's family. Why why why was this jerk still in possession of a license at the time of the crash?
Joe Vince (Editor) September 27, 2012 at 05:07 PM
@Deb Melchert: Thank you for putting things in context. And to give some more background, the original charge was aggravated reckless driving, a Class 4 felony. However, prosecutors didn't feel they had enough evidence to convict on the felony charge and dropped it to aggravated speeding. It's a tough decision to make I imagine: Go with the lesser charge you know you can win or take your chances on the felony charge. Joe Vince Local Editor, Tinley Park
july monte September 29, 2012 at 07:47 PM
I hope this loser get murdered in prison. Because if he go out and drive again, he would kill another person. Why in the world this waste of space is still allowed to drive anyway.
Ben October 01, 2012 at 01:14 PM
I hope this guy rots in hell
Metro October 03, 2012 at 02:14 PM
I'm sorry this man did not get a longer sentence if only to protect people on the streets. But the Gorczynski family did a beautiful thing by getting this legislation passed and they will keep Julie's memory alive by saving others. God Bless this family for turning something positive out of this terrible tragedy.
Anna Schier (Editor) October 16, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Missy, Your comment was deleted because it contained profanity. I have emailed you the comment for revision. You are welcome to repost it with the profanity removed. Thanks, Anna


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