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Crime & Courts

Chicago man sentenced to 11 years for DUI crash that killed Downers Grove woman

Robert Gorss, 49, of Chicago was sentenced June 29 to 11 years in prison for causing a crash that took the life of a 48-year-old Downers Grove woman and mother of two.
Robert Gorss, 49, of Chicago was sentenced June 29 to 11 years in prison for causing a crash that took the life of a 48-year-old Downers Grove woman and mother of two.

DOWNERS GROVE – A Chicago man charged with causing a crash that took the life of a 48-year-old Downers Grove woman and mother of two was sentenced June 29 to 11 years in prison, according to a DuPage County State's Attorney's Office news release.

Robert Gorss, 49, appeared in front of Judge Liam Brennan, who handed down the sentence.

Gorss on May 1 entered a plea of guilty to one count of aggravated driving under the influence causing death, the release stated. Bond was set at $150,000 on Nov. 23, 2016. Gorss has been held at the DuPage County Jail since that time, according to the release.

At about 1:08 p.m. Sept. 7, 2016, Gorss was driving a box truck on North Avenue near Main Street in Lombard when he struck a car driven by Dawn Nickeas, the release stated.

Nickeas was seriously injured and died Nov 3, 2016, because of injuries sustained in the crash, according to the release. An investigation revealed several controlled substances were present in Gorss' urine at the time of the crash, the release stated.

Gorss will be required to serve 85 percent of his sentence before being eligible for parole. 

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