Nightmare Wisconsin Motorcycle Crash Claims Second Life Driver Charged With Homicide
The Hilbert, Wisconsin man, Clinton H. Lovelace, accused of driving into a group of motorcyclists last week has been charged with reckless homicide and is being held in the Fond du Lac County Jail on $75,000 bail.
As a result of the accident, a second member of the Muskegon Motorcycle Gang, Douglas Alan Yonkers, 43, of Muskegon, lost his fight and succumbed to injuries suffered in the crash.
Daniel Lee Winsemius, 59, of Twin Lake, Mich., was pronounced dead at the scene.
Lovelace stands accused of plowing into a group of 12 Michigan motorcyclists on May 31. One rider was pronounced dead at the scene and two others are on life-support in critical condition at a Wisconsin hospital.
Lovelace was this week with second-degree reckless homicide, three counts of second-degree reckless injury, second-degree reckless endangerment. He’s also on the hook for a count of felony bail jumping.
“There is the possibility of more charges,” said Fond du Lac County Assistant District Attorney Andrew Christenson.
It will take at least two more weeks before investigators receive Lovelace’s blood test results, according to the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputy Jim Pfeiffer recovered clothes taken from Lovelace at St. Agnes Hospital the day of the crash. Lovelace was flown from St. Agnes by helicopter to Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah for treatment, according to the criminal complaint.
Pfeiffer recovered two syringes that appeared to be unused and small pieces of brown paper. He noted that his training led him to believe the drug could be acid, according to the complaint.
Lovelace allegedly denied taking any drugs besides his daily dose of Adderall and Xanax. He told police he had no idea how the syringes ended up in his pocket, which is a violation of his probation, according to the criminal complaint.
The car Lovelace was driving — confirmed in the criminal complaint as his aunt’s — crossed the center line into the path of 12 motorcycles about 3 p.m. May 31.
Muskegon, Mich., motorcyclists Eric Charles Vandam, 52 and Douglas Wayne Williams, 58, remain in critical condition and on life support.
One of the riders in the group, Mark Messany of Muskegon, told a deputy that he was in the back of the line of motorcycles when Lovelace’s car crossed the center line and clipped Marvin Vanderkolk’s bike in the saddlebag area. That incident triggered the pileup.
Lovelace’s criminal history includes drug offenses, theft and burglary. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 15.
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