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Ticket issued in connection with St. Charles fatal crash

ST. CHARLES – A St. Charles woman recently was ticketed after she was accused of allowing Joshua Spudich to drive a car that was involved in a crash that killed a 65-year-old St. Charles woman in November.

Police issued the citation on Jan. 26 to Taylor Gilliland, 23, of the 100 block of North Third Avenue. According to police, Spudich was driving a 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe south on Second Street on Nov. 28 when he drifted across the center median and struck a northbound 2004 Toyota Corolla driven by Susan Gorecki. Gorecki died in the crash.

Gilliland was charged with permitting an unauthorized person to drive the car. She is set to appear in court Thursday.

Spudich, 23, of the 400 block of South Second Street, faces four counts of aggravated driving under the influence, a Class 2 felony; possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony; driving under the influence of drugs, a Class A misdemeanor; driving with a revoked license, a Class A misdemeanor; and improper lane use, a petty offense.

His next court hearing is set for March 20.

Spudich remained in the Kane County Jail as of Friday afternoon on a $1 million bond, according to online records. Spudich suffered minor injuries in the crash, which happened about 2 p.m. Nov. 28 at North Second Street and Timbers Trail in St. Charles.

At the time of the crash, Spudich possessed less than 15 grams of a substance containing heroin, and marijuana was detected in his system, according to court records.

This is not the first time Spudich has been charged in Kane County. His past charges include unlawful possession of alcohol in April 2010 in St. Charles and, in Geneva, driving under the influence of alcohol in August 2010.

In November 2010, he and three other teens were accused of robbing a group in a park in unincorporated St. Charles Township. He was charged with aggravated robbery in that incident.

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