Julie Anne Gorczynski
Our daughter Julie Anne Gorczynski took her first breath of life on June 16, 1993 at 12:50 pm and her last at approximately 10:30 pm on June 10, 2011. Exactly one week after her high school graduation and just six days prior to her 18th birthday Julie’s life was senselessly taken away by an excessive speeder. This speeder was driving his vehicle at a rate of speed of at least 76 mph in a 40 mph residential area. The man that struck the vehicle my daughter was a passenger in had been no stranger to speeding violations having received 7 prior speeding tickets in a few short years, then an 8th resulting in our daughter’s death, and continued this dangerous behavior with a 9th after our daughter’s death!
Julie was a sweet and easy going child whose laugh was infectious and had a way of attracting many many friends. We as Julie’s family have been given a life sentence of never seeing Julie’s sweet smile or her laugh, going on family vacations, spending holidays together or hearing her voice as she comes through the front door saying, “mom what’s for dinner?” We were robbed of seeing her first day of college, her wedding day, and her children to be! We are all left with the crushing reality of what could have been and a constant reminder of her missing in our lives. This is all the result of someone’s” need for speed” out on the roads.
In July of 2012 Governor Quinn signed Senate bill 2888 dubbed “Julie’s Law” in honor of our daughter. This law will become effective July 1, 2013. This law states that anyone driving in excess of 25 mph over the speed limit in an urban area or 31 mph over the speed limit on the highways will no longer be allowed the option of court supervision. Because of this law lives will be saved out on the roads when excessive speeders face stiffer consequences by receiving a conviction instead of supervision.