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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.

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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.

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