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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Contact Information: Media Coordinator: 630-407-8160

Monday, October 2, 2017

$150,000 Bond For Man Charged With Reckless Homicide

Car’s black box had him allegedly traveling at 135 MPH at time of crash

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Wheaton Chief of Police James Volpe announced today that Brian Thunderkick, 62 (d.o.b. 4/30/1955) of 2S644 Pierre Curie Lane, Warrenville, has been charged with one count of Reckless Homicide for allegedly causing a crash that killed twenty-three year-old Erika Villagomez. Thunderkick appeared in Bond court this morning where Judge Joseph Bugos set his bond at $150,000 with 10% to apply. 
On Saturday, September 30, at approximately 11 a.m., Wheaton Police responded to a call concerning a fatal crash on Butterfield Road just east of Naperville Road. Upon their arrival, officers found the victim’s car, a Honda Accord, completely engulfed in flames. 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 and at a high rate of speed westbound on Butterfield Road. It is alleged that Thunderkick crashed his vehicle into the back of his victim’s vehicle and that at the time of impact he was traveling at 135 mph.
“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,” Berlin said. “I offer my sincerest condolences to Erika’s family and friends as they grieve their loss. Mr. Thunderkick’s outrageous behavior and apparent disregard for public safety, as alleged in this case, will not be tolerated and will be met with the full force of the law. I would like to thank the Wheaton Police Department and the DuPage County Accident Reconstruction Task Force for their efforts on this tragic case. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Matthew Dambach for his work in preparing a strong case against Mr. Thunderkick.”
  "Our sincerest condolences go out to the family of this young victim whose life was lost due to the alleged egregious criminal behavior of Mr. Thunderkick. Our investigators will continue to work tirelessly with State's Attorney Berlin and his assistants to ensure justice is served in this case."
Thunderkick’s next court appearance is scheduled for October 30, 2017, in front of Judge George Bakalis. 
Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt.  A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. 
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