FOND DU LAC - The Hilbert man authorities say slammed his car into a group of motorcyclists has been convicted as part of a deal with prosecutors.
Prosecutors say in May of last year, Clinton Lovelace crossed the center line on Highway 151 in Fond du Lac County, hitting ten motorcyclists killing two of them.
Lovelace, who is 26 years old, now faces potentially 40 years behind bars.
Tuesday in court, Lovelace pleaded no contest to killing someone by the negligent operation of a vehicle.
One of the crash survivors told FOX 11's Andrew LaCombe how lucky he is.
"The car hit me first, and I lived, and I don't know why the two guys behind me didn't,” said Ric VanDam.
VanDam says he can't play on the ground with his granddaughter or go camping, but says he owes it to his friends to stay positive.
"It'd be a shame for me to cry in my Cheerios about it every day,” said VanDam.
VanDam was in a coma for two weeks and spent 99 days in the hospital.
Tuesday was the first time he was able to be in the courtroom.
"I wanted to see him face-to-face. I wanted him to see me. That's important to me, more important than anything. I wanted him to see me. I just want him to remember my face,” said VanDam.
Two members of a Muskegon, Mich., motorcycle group, Dan Winsemius and Doug Yonkers, were killed in the crash.
"His future was really bright."
Julie Jurkis was engaged to Yonkers.
"Put it this way, if Clinton Lovelace had run into him in a different time of his life, and he needed help, Doug would have been a man to help, and he took him away from everybody,” said Jurkis.
The maximum penalty that Lovelace could face is 40 years, but prosecutors say they will recommend 20.
VanDam says he understands why a plea deal was reached.
"It's still a long time for a young guy to get through. Like I said, it saves the taxpayers a lot of money, instead of sitting through some stupid trial, listening to the lies, truth being twisted,” said VanDam.
Lovelace remains in jail. He will be back in court for sentencing on Feb. 6.
Also, in his plea to separate reckless injury charges, Lovelace did not admit he was guilty, but did agree prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him.
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