FOND DU LAC - Fond du Lac County prosecutors filed charges Tuesday against the Hilbert man allegedly involved in a fatal crash. Clinton Lovelace, 25, is currently in the Fond du Lac County jail. Police say he was driving a car that crossed the center line on Highway 151 last Thursday. Ten of 12 motorcyclists from Michigan were hit by that vehicle. One died at the scene and eight other were injured.
A bloody and bruised Clinton Lovelace was released from the hospital and taken into custody Sunday afternoon. Tuesday morning Lovelace was charged with six counts related to the fatal motorcycle crash in the town of Taycheedah. Lovelace appeared in court by video conference and did not speak during his brief hearing. He faces charges of second-degree reckless homicide, three counts of second-degree reckless injury, one count of second-degree reckless endangerment and one count of felony bail jumping. But the district attorney's office says more charges could still be coming.
"We are awaiting blood test results from the state crime lab to see if there is any restricted controlled substance in his blood stream," said Fond du Lac County Assistant District Attorney Andrew Christenson.
Lovelace told investigators he remembers driving earlier in the day on the morning of the crash, but does not remember how or why he was in the Fond du Lac area. According to the criminal complaint, Lovelace told investigators he was using the prescription drugs Adderall and Xanax daily, although he could not remember if he took them on the morning of the crash. Investigators also found two unopened syringes in his pants pocket and two small packages containing what the criminal complaint calls acid.
"That's why we're looking to see what substances will be found in his blood because of his obvious impairment noted at the scene," said Christenson.
One motorcyclist died at the scene of the crash while eight others were injured. Five were still hospitalized as of Monday.
FOX 11 tried to speak with Lovelace's aunt in Hilbert who is his legal guardian, but no one came to the door at her home Tuesday. When reached by phone, Victoria Lovelace hung up.
Clinton Lovelace is being held in the Fond du Lac County jail on a $75,000 cash bond. If convicted on all the charges, Lovelace faces more than 78 years in prison. He's due back in court for a preliminary hearing on June 15.
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