Frankfort Teen's Tragic Death Inspires Proposed State Traffic Law

The bill, which was sponsored by Sen. Maggie Crotty in memory of Julie Gorczynski, would mandate stiffer penalties for speeders in certain situations, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Proposed legislation that would require tougher penalties for drivers traveling at least 25 mph over the speed limit was passed by the State Senate on Friday, a Chicago Tribune report stated.


The measure--known as Julie's Law--was sponsored by Sen. Maggie Crotty (D-Oak Forest) in remembrance for Julie Gorczynski, a student .

Gorczynski, 17, of Frankfort, was killed last June after the 1997 Jeep Cherokee she was riding was hit by a 2009 Mazda driven by a 21-year-old man from Lemont. The Mazda was traveling at least 76 mph in a 40-mph zone, the Tribune report stated. Gorczynski would have turned 18 in less than a week.


The legislation would not allow court supervision for drivers ticketed for traveling more than 25 mph over the limit in an urban area, according to the report. The proposed law was passed 46-0 and moves on to the House.

YOUR TURN: What do you think of the proposed law? Does it do enough to curb drivers from traveling at dangerous speeds in residential and urban areas? Is it a good way to remember Gorczynski?

Arthur Huff April 11, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Amanda I'm not sure what he actually was charged with. I'm just saying based on the law I cited (which does not only apply to construction zones) he COULD have been charged with a class 4 felony.
Meghan McC April 16, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Maybe you should read the Tribune's story about this case/law and learn that your friend's tickets were given out over a four year span, but good try pulling the "sixteen and immature" excuse. Her family doesn't decide who to blame, the police and courts do and they did plenty of investigations and reenactments to professionally and correctly conclude that he was going AT LEAST 76 mph, so let's not try and use the excuse that her family doesn't want to blame her best friend. Its irrelevant. Here's the link to the tribune's story so you can try to learn your facts before commenting on something you clearly know nothing about. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-04-15/news/ct-met-supervision-law-20120415_1_driver-in-fatal-collision-supervision-special-probation
jlarue April 24, 2012 at 12:42 PM
On May 9th 2008 my beautiful neice was killed instantly in a car accident. She was making a left hand turn also,the boy that stuck her was going 76 miles an hour in a 35 mile an hour zone!. He struck her so hard his MADZA was inside her car until it rolled out. The accident happened on 135th st in Romeoville. It was proven through the reconstruction of the accident that he indeed was going 76 miles per hour,he was charged with reckless homicide. My family has gone through hell for the past 3 and a half years, trying to bring him to justice.On Jan 18th he was sentenced to 2 months in jail 500 hrs of community service and 2 yrs probation. For taking someones life! He too had numerus speeding tickets left the scene of an accident i could go on and on.My sister will never be the same person she once was my family will never be the same. He took away from us who she could of been she was a beautiful person had so much more to give and he took that away from us with his recklessness!!!! We miss her so much! Im so happy that you are having this law passed so that other familys dont have to go through what we have been through! Its a nightmare! If he would of been going the speed limit and she went to make her turn there would of been an accident not a FATALITY!!!
jlarue April 24, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Im so sorry for your loss and i know what your family is going through. When my sister showed me the article i couldnt believe. My sister would like to talk to your family but doesnt know how to get a hold of you so i thought i would write on the forum and see if i could get a response. I hope to hear from you soon. God Bless you and your family.
Diane September 26, 2012 at 01:40 AM
get real rrm he should have learned to stop freaking speeding long ago.... maybe you should have been in the car when the accident occured...he killed her instantly!!!!!!!!!!! ! not going to happen if he was doing the limit honey. yeah he's not 16 anymore..... just think what they would do to pretty boy in county at 16....... he ruined a perfect family....... he feels no REMORSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WAKE UP !!!!!!!!!!!!!


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