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McHenry County prosecutors charge man with reckless homicide after student killed in crash

Matthew D. Zeek, 21, of Rolling Meadows, is facing a reckless homicide charge after authorities said he drove 93 miles per hour in a 25 miles per hour zone when he lost control of his car, crashed into a tree and killed an 18-year-old Barrington High School student riding with him.
Matthew D. Zeek, 21, of Rolling Meadows, is facing a reckless homicide charge after authorities said he drove 93 miles per hour in a 25 miles per hour zone when he lost control of his car, crashed into a tree and killed an 18-year-old Barrington High School student riding with him.

WOODSTOCK – A Rolling Meadows man who police say was driving 93 mph in a 25 mph zone has been charged with reckless homicide in connection with a crash that killed an 18-year-old Barrington High School student and injured another passenger.

Matthew D. Zeek, 21, was arrested May 10 on the felony charge and since has posted 10 percent of his $25,000 bond. He is expected to appear in McHenry County court before Judge Sharon Prather on May 26.

Zeek faces up to five years in prison if convicted of the Class 3 felony.

On March 3, Zeek was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu west on Plum Tree Road in Barrington Hills, traveling 93 mph in a 25 mph zone, when he lost control of his vehicle and struck several trees, authorities said. Rebecca Soderman of Lake Barrington was killed and a 16-year-old passenger was injured.

No attorney had filed an appearance to represent Zeek as of Wednesday morning, according to court records.

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