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Wayne teen charged with reckless homicide
By Josh Stockinger | Daily Herald Staff

Onofrio J. Lorusso


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Published: 6/17/2009 4:02 PM | Updated: 6/17/2009 4:57 PM

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An 18-year-old Wayne man who was behind the wheel in a weekend crash that killed a passenger had a blood-alcohol content nearly three times the legal limit and traces of marijuana in his system, Kane County prosecutors charged Wednesday.

Onofrio J. Lorusso, of the 4N000 block of Honey Hill Circle, was charged with four counts of reckless homicide and 12 counts of aggravated driving under the influence. Judge James C. Hallock set bond at $500,000 for Lorusso, who previously faced only misdemeanor traffic citations.

St. Charles police say Lorusso lost control of a 2005 Ford Explorer about 3:22 a.m. Sunday on the 3100 block of Royal Fox Drive, where the vehicle went off the road and hit two trees.

One passenger, Cameron Goode, 18, of West Chicago, died at the scene. A 16-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl, both in the back seat, were seriously injured.

Prosecutors say tests showed Lorusso later had a blood-alcohol content of 0.227 - nearly three times the legal driving limit of 0.08 for people of legal drinking age in Illinois. He also tested positive for marijuana, authorities said.

On Wednesday, Lorusso surrendered to police after being released from Delnor Hospital in Geneva, where he was being treated for injuries from the crash. His attorney, Vince Solano, said the teen recently graduated from St. Charles East High School and planned to begin college soon.

"The family is devastated," he said. "Here he sits facing consequences at the age of 18 that will haunt him the rest of his life. It's a message to these kids that it can happen to you."

Solano said some details of the crash and what led up to it are still unclear.

"We're just going to sift through the pieces at this point and see where we end up," he said. "Our hearts go out to the family of Cameron."

If convicted of the most serious offense, a Class 2 felony, Lorusso could be sentenced to up to seven years in prison. He also is charged with misdemeanor counts of DUI, underage drinking and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

Lorusso remained in the county jail Wednesday afternoon. He's due in court July 1.