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Plainfield Man Charged in Fatal Motorcycle Accident on Ogden Avenue

Police charge Plainfield man with driving under the influence of drugs following Wednesday evening incident involving Lombard motorcyclist.

A Plainfield man has been charged with aggravated driving under the influence of drugs causing the death of another in a fatal motorcycle crash at 5:03 p.m. Wednesday, according to a press release from the .

Michael J. Moreno, 31, of the 11700 block of Presley Circle in Plainfield, also was charged with aggravated reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident involving the death of another, possession of cannabis, obstructing a peace officer and failure to yield turning left, police said in the release issued early Thursday morning.

Gerald W. Puglise, 63, of the 2200 block of Highland in Lombard, was killed as a result of the accident that occurred at approximately 5:03 p.m. at Ogden Avenue and River Road, police said. 

Moreno was headed westbound on Ogden Avenue in his 2006 Infinty M45 when he turned left onto River Road in front of Puglise who had the right of way as he was driving his Triumph Rocket III motorcycle eastbound on Ogden Avenue. Moreno suffered minor injuries as a result of the crash, according to the news release.

Police said Moreno was charged with a Class 2 Felony for aggravated driving under the Influence of drugs causing the death of another; A Class 4 Felony for aggravated reckless driving;  a Class 4 Felony for leaving the scene of an accident involving the death of another; a Class B Misdemeanor for possession of cannabis; a Class A Misdemeanor for obstructing a peace officer; and a traffic violation for failing to yield. 

At the time of the crash, Moreno was allegedly involved in a “road rage incident with a 2006 Grey Honda driven by a 16-year-old female from Naperville," according to the police report. The Honda was not involved in the crash and no charges are currently pending against the driver.

Because of the nature of the accident, the Naperville Police Department had members of the department’s traffic unit trained in accident reconstruction respond to the scene to investigate the accident. The accident remains under investigation.

Anyone with information regarding the accident or the vehicle noted is asked to contact the Naperville Police Department’s Traffic Unit at 630-305-5285.

Me June 14, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Aw, I just found out the man who passed away was a dear cousin of mine. My heart goes out to his siblings and family. This is extremely difficult for them, and he was a greatly loved man, with a huge heart.
Pablo Rivera June 14, 2012 at 03:28 PM
I really hope no feels sorry for this low life and he gets thrown away for years... people like this is way I'm afraid for my daughters driving...I HOPE YOU BURN
Mary Ann Lopez June 14, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Thank you for sharing at such a difficult time. We are keeping his family in our thoughts and prayers.
not happy June 14, 2012 at 04:21 PM
What a piece of crap. Why is it that the guy all doped up lives and the good guy out for a ride dies.don't pick up the soap you pretty boys while you rot in prison.
Melonie Judd June 14, 2012 at 04:22 PM
SEE MOTORCYCLES!!! There are two families that are devisated because of this. The family of the biker that was killed (RIP) and the family of the D.A. that was driving DUI and killed him. Nothing is that important that you have to have any type of impedements while driving. Not rage, phones, make up, texts, drugs, music or friends in your car....please people. Pay attention while driving it doesn't effect just you. Get over yourselves.
angela collins June 14, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Praying for the family of this man. I was right there after the accident and it was horrible. He was at the wrong place at the wrong time. He will never come back over somebody elses stupid altercation. God bless and rest his soul.
Sherian June 14, 2012 at 06:39 PM
HELMET LAW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He might be alive.
Sherian June 14, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Once again, WHEN WILL THERE BE A HELMET LAW ?????????????????????? He might still be alive . Very sad and unfortunate, but I'm sick and tired of driving next to bikers without a helmet on. If I forget to put on my seatbelt, I'll get a ticket. NO LAWS FOR BIKERS.
Sherian June 14, 2012 at 06:50 PM
How about driving these motorcycles offensive, and wearing a helmet. NO EXCUSE FOR WHAT HAPPENED HERE. And I know there is no law to wear one, although there should be.
BETH June 14, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Sherian: there's a time and place. While you have a right to your opinion, I would suggest applying to have the opportunity to blog for the patch. You'll be able to voice all that you want about helmets. But for now? Lets stick to the matter at hand- someone that broke a well known LAW has caused the death of someone else out driving that was following the laws-. And the family has been left with a huge loss.
Mandie June 14, 2012 at 09:44 PM
To those all screaming "helmet laws", please be aware that helmets do not save every life. There are so many internal injuries that can and do happen to the rest of the body, a helmet won't provide any protection. Yes, bikers can and should do what they can to protect themselves. But all of us should be paying close attention to everything when we drive and not be distracted by anything. Driving is not an activity when multitasking is allowed. Now, 2 families are forever altered because this driving was under the influence and was distracted by his anger at another driver. I pray for the family of the man that lost his life. I also pray for the man that hit him - I hope he realizes the mistakes he made and finds a way to use this experience to help prevent someone else from making the same mistakes.
Joel June 14, 2012 at 09:51 PM
I was there to. I was the first person to try to talk to him. It was horribly sad. Carelessness took a mans life. Driving a car under the influence is truly uneceptable. No one has the right to put lives in jeopardy. As far as helmets go, I believe, even if this man was wearing one at the time of this crash, it would not have been enough to save him. R.I.P. Keep yours eyes out for bikes and keep safe.
T-Bone June 14, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Quit the Politics! A man lost his life Sherian. Have some respect and stop acting like it was his fault! Do you even ride?
T-Bone June 14, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Everyone keeps saying 2 Families are changed...What about the poor 16yr old girl who was chased and has to live with this? I'm sure she feels like she was part of the cause of this mans death! That is 3 Families if you ask me!
T-Bone June 14, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Sherian, you are one of the Stupidest people on the Patch I see. Get a Clue! A Plainfield man was killed Friday at the 80 and 55 and guess what...HE WAS WEARING A HELMET AND IT WAS NOT HIS FAULT!
oswegoannie June 15, 2012 at 12:08 AM
I was driving home from work right after this happened. It was so sad, seeing what was obviously a deceased person under the blue tarp in the road right next to a crumpled motocycle. Poor innocent man who lost his life because a drugged-up nut job was loose on the streets. Thank goodness Moreno did not catch up with that teenage girl....who knows what he would have done.
Harley June 15, 2012 at 12:26 AM
I would almost bet the 16 year old did nothing except follow the traffic laws for the construction zone! Being a new driver the 16 year old probably didn't know about the construction and probably pissed mike off! If you know mike the way I do then you know his driving habits and how inpatient he is and got pissed about the car in front of him. He'll get what he deserves in court just so sad that someone had to loose their life over this inconsiderate douche. My condolences to the family that lost their loved one over something so preventable just by not being an idiot. Have fun in jail mike!! No one will miss you except your kids.
esmeralda June 15, 2012 at 01:19 AM
i was there iz zad im very zorry for hez family
John June 15, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Using your logic Sherian, all persons operating and occupying any vehicle should wear a D.O.T. approved helmet. Car and truck occupants often suffer head injuries resulting in death when involved in an accident. Do you wear a helmet while driving your car? Until you do, please stop being a hypocrite.
maryanne josefchuk June 16, 2012 at 05:48 AM
I just got home from Gerry's funeral. This man was a best friend of mine for 45 years.That stupid road rage jerk ran the F over him!! Not a helmet or a prayer would have saved my dear friend from such a ass Moreno is....and what was he going to do when he caught up with the teenage girl? kill her too? he needs to pay for his crime and rot in jail.
ROBERT ELLMAN June 16, 2012 at 05:45 PM
JERRY TO THOSE WHO KNEW HIM WAS MY 45 YEAR BEST FRIEND. THERE NO HELMET THAT WOULD HAVE PREVENTED HIS IMPACT DEATH. IF YOU CHOOSE TO RIDE BIKES, FEW TIMES WILL A HELMET SAVE ANYONE. YOU ARE AT THE MERCY OF MANY HAZARDS.HE MIGHT HAVE SURVIVED IN A CAR. ON A BIKE THERE IS USUALLY ONE CHANCE. BOB ELLMAN
Lynda June 18, 2012 at 05:01 AM
Jerry was my older brother, who had the biggest heart. Since he got caught in the middle of this, I like to think that maybe he actually saved the 16 yr old girls life. Theres no telling what that jerk Moreno would have done if he caught her.I will miss him forever. As far as Moreno, he better get many, many years in jail. He should never have been driving. Lynda
David June 18, 2012 at 06:24 PM
First of all I ride! This guy is a repeat offender with a long criminal history...He had road rage! Plus he was driving while on drugs. He needs to be put away for life and rot in jail for taking the life of a fellow rider and innocent man’s life. He should have never been on the road. Helmet law? I am sick and tired of driving around cages, where people are texting, reading the newspaper, putting on makeup, reaching for the crying baby, trying to pick up the french fry that they dropped. People need to start paying attention!! Rest in peace Gerald.
joyjam June 19, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Did you know he got ran over by this jerk. No helmet would have protected him. The man was innocently riding his motorcycle and an angry asshole, on drugs killed him. Enough about the helmet.
joyjam June 19, 2012 at 08:23 PM
This happened literally outside my condo. I came home from work at 5:30 to the roads being blocked off. I could literally see the body while I was sitting on my couch. My heart ached as I saw that body lay there for 3 hours, wondering if his family knew he was dead, were they sitting at home waiting for him. I prayed a lot that night for his family. Come to find out the next day I stood up with him in one of my dearest friends weddings. I was the maid of honor and he was the best man. I'm still praying for his family and my friend and her husband who is Gerry's cousin. God Bless you All!
Janet v June 20, 2012 at 05:27 AM
Sheridan, Are you narrow minded or just a moron. Jerry is a member of our family and he was killed by a worthless piece of garbage.You make no mention of this at all. All you can say is Helmet, helmet, helmet. Go find something else to do Jerk.
joyjam June 20, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Janet, I am so sorry for your loss. Diane Pozzie and I have been best friends since high school. I stood up with Gerry in her and Bob's wedding. Since this happen I have been so upset, before I even knew that he was related to Bob. Your family has been in my prayers every day. God Bless You All! Joyce
rebecca June 26, 2012 at 07:31 AM
Bob- I am so sorry for your loss, and all family and friends. Truly. I have recent losses too, and have recent loss of long lofe Young friends. I am reading to learn. To maybe understand and prevent.. even ONE..
Rick June 30, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Sheridan your an ass, go play in traffic with your helmet
Rick June 30, 2012 at 02:38 PM
is that what your mad about sheridan because you have to wear a seatbelt. i suppose if you become confined to a wheel chair then the whole rest of the world should too. you are a moron and your ignornace is problem. keep it to your self

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