Somonauk man faces 31 years in fatal cycle crash
By Matt Hanley email@example.com September 26, 2012 3:38PM
Matthew Lambert is charged with reckless homicide in Kendall County for an October traffic accident.
Updated: October 29, 2012 6:27AM
YORKVILLE — A Somonauk man faces up to 31 years in prison for a crash last fall that killed a motorcycle passenger in Kendall County.
Matthew Lambert, 29, of the 13000 block of Suydam Road, was charged with 10 counts of felony aggravated drunken driving and three counts of reckless homicide in the crash that killed Colleen Hunkler of Wilmington.
Lambert pleaded guilty this week to felonies aggravated drunken driving causing death, aggravated drunken driving causing great bodily harm and reckless homicide, Kendall County State’s Attorney Eric Weis said. Lambert entered a cold plea to the charges, meaning he did not have an agreed upon sentence, Weis said.
At 8:25 p.m. Oct. 10, 2011, police were called to a car-vs.-motorcycle crash near Walker and Grove roads. According to police, Lambert was driving his car south on Grove Road when he turned left onto Walker Road without yielding to a motorcycle. The motorcycle’s driver, Gregory Kawohl, 45, of Plainfield, and his passenger, Hunkler, 46, were both taken to Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora. Hunkler later died at the hospital from the injuries suffered in the crash.
Lambert was not injured, but officials took blood and urine samples. An analysis by the State Police lab showed that Lambert’s blood-alcohol level was higher than .08, the legal limit to drive, and he had marijuana in his system, police said.
Lambert is scheduled to be sentenced at 1 p.m. Nov. 26. He faces three to 14 years in prison for the aggravated drunken driving causing death charge, one to 12 years on the aggravated drunken driving causing great bodily harm charge, and two to five years for reckless homicide. Lambert could only be found eligible for parole if there were exceptional circumstances.