Plainfield man charged in fatal road rage crash
Sun staff June 14, 2012 1:40PM
Michael J. Moreno | Courtesy Photo~Naperville Police Department
Updated: June 14, 2012 1:48PM
A Plainfield man was arrested for aggravated driving under the influence of drugs, a felony, and other charges after he caused a collision late Wednesday afternoon that killed a 63-year-old Lombard motorcyclist, police said. The crash happened while Michael J. Moreno was in the midst of a road-rage incident with another motorist, according to authorities.
Naperville Police Sgt. Lee Martin said in a news release that Moreno, 31, turned south onto River Road from westbound Ogden Avenue just after 5 p.m., putting his 2006 Infinity M45 directly in the path of Gerald W. Puglise’s 2005 Triumph Rocket III. Puglise died as a result of his injuries.
“At the time of the crash, Moreno was involved in a ‘road rage’ incident with a 2006 grey Honda driven by a 16-year-old female from Naperville,” Martin said in a statement issued early Thursday morning.
The young woman was not involved in the crash and was not charged, Martin said.
Moreno was charged with driving under the influence of drugs causing the death of another, a class 2 felony; aggravated reckless driving, a class 4 felony; possession of marijuana; obstructing a police officer; and failure to yield turning left. He was booked into DuPage County Jail in Wheaton and was scheduled to appear in bond court Thursday morning.
The accident remained under investigation Thursday morning. Anyone with information about the collision is asked to call the Police Department’s Traffic Unit at 630-305-5285.