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Crime & Courts

State's attorney: Man charged in Wheaton crash that killed 23-year-old woman was driving 135 mph

Brian Thunderkick, 62, of the 2S600 block of Pierre Curie Lane near Warrenville, has been charged with reckless homicide in a Sept. 30 crash that killed Erika Villagomez, 23.
Brian Thunderkick, 62, of the 2S600 block of Pierre Curie Lane near Warrenville, has been charged with reckless homicide in a Sept. 30 crash that killed Erika Villagomez, 23.

WHEATON – A 62-year-old man who allegedly was driving 135 mph has been charged with causing a crash that killed a 23-year-old woman Sept. 30.

Brian Thunderkick, 62, of the 2S600 block of Pierre Curie Lane near Warrenville, was charged with reckless homicide in the crash that killed Erika Villagomez, 23, of Elgin. Thunderkick appeared in bond court Oct. 2, where DuPage County Judge Joseph Bugos set his bond at $150,000, with 10 percent to apply.

At about 11 a.m. Sept. 30, Wheaton police responded to a call of a fatal crash on Butterfield Road, just east of Naperville Road, according to a news release from the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office.

Upon arrival, officers found the victim’s car, a Honda Accord, completely engulfed in flames, the release stated. The driver of the Accord was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers also found Thunderkick at the scene of the crash and immediately took him into custody. It is alleged that prior to the crash, Thunderkick was driving his black Camaro erratically at a high rate of speed westbound on Butterfield Road, according to the release.

Thunderkick allegedly crashed his vehicle into the back of Villagomez’s vehicle while traveling at 135 mph, the release stated.

“On Saturday, despite the heroic efforts of citizens and law enforcement, Erika Villagomez’s life came to a horrible, fiery end all because Mr. Thunderkick allegedly wanted to see how fast he could drive,” DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin said in the release.

Thunderkick’s next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 30 in front of DuPage County Judge George Bakalis.

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