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:

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  • 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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Joe Vince 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 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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