A Frankfort family is pushing Illinois lawmakers to crack down on speeders after losing a daughter in a car crash. John Sendra’s granddaughter, Julie Gorczynski, died in a car wreck in which the other driver was going 76 mph in a 40-mph zone. Gorczynski’s seat, he says, was pushed 33 inches in to the car. Sendra, who says the driver had seven speeding tickets in two years, is now pushing lawmakers to tighten speeding laws.
“As a grandfather we’re looking to protect our young,” Sendra says. “This is an awful thing to happen to our youth.”
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The Illinois Senate passed a measure that would make drivers who speed more than 30 mph above the speed limit on the highway, or 25 mph over the limit in town, ineligible for supervision.
Supervision is a form of probation in which a traffic infraction disappears from one’s record.
The measure is now in the House awaiting a committee vote.