Family, Friends Mourn at Scene of Fatal Wheaton Crash

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4 October 2017 | 4:32 am

Erika Villagomez’s father called her an “exemplary daughter.”

He and so many others missed her dearly Tuesday night and are trying to come to terms with this senseless crash.

Friends and family gathered for a vigil where the 23-year-old lost her life in a fiery crash.

Alberto Villagomez is Erika’s little brother.

“Losing my sister was really hard for me,” he said. “I used to look up to her. She used to be my role model. I used to admire how smart and considerate … everything.”

Erika was heading home from breakfast with friends Saturday morning when her car was struck from behind near the intersection of Butterfield and Naperville roads in Wheaton.

Erika’s car burst into flames–and she died at the scene.

Police say the other driver–62-year-old old Brian Thunderkick– was trying to see how fast he could go–and had reached 135 miles per hour at the time of the crash.

Erika was in her final year at Northern Illinois University where she was double majoring in accounting and information systems.

She loved to travel and spend time with family–a family now supporting one another in their time of grief.

“I have to be the tough one right now–take charge,” Alberto said. “Not for me but for everyone.”

A funeral mass is being planned for Thursday.

On Friday– Villagomez’s body will be flown to her hometown in Mexico where she will be laid to rest.

Published at 10:30 PM CDT on Oct 3, 2017 | Updated at 11:32 PM CDT on Oct 3, 2017

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