The man accused of killing a Riverside woman after he allegedly drove his SUV into the wall of a Berwyn train station pleaded not guilty during his arraignment on May 3.
Riverside resident Stephen J. Pocina entered his plea before Judge Gregory Ginex at the Maybrook courthouse. Pocina, 44, faces two felony charges, including reckless homicide and leaving the scene of a fatal accident.
The charges stem from a March 3 crash that killed 58-year-old Kathleen Talmage, a ticket agent and 40-year employee of the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad. Police have charged that Pocina drove his 2004 Range Rover into the train station at 7135 W. Windsor Ave. The force of the collision caused the brick wall to collapse onto Talmage, who died as a result of her injuries.
Before police arrived at the scene, however, Pocina allegedly fled and went into hiding.
After a three-week investigation, Berwyn Police and the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force tracked Pocina to an uncle’s condominium in west suburban Oakbrook Terrace, where he was arrested without incident on March 23. Pocina remains free on $750,000 bond, and has been restricted to travel within Cook and DuPage Counties.
According to Tom Stanton, a spokesman for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, Pocina will next appear in court for a pretrial status hearing on June 5 at Maybrook.
Pocina also faces a wrongful death lawsuit in connection with the March 3 crash. On March 27, Talmage’s husband, Juan Talancon filed a suit seeking over $50,0000 in damages from Pocina. That case has yet to go to trial.