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A 25-year-old Hilbert man accused of driving into the path of 12 motorcycles on Highway 151 faced a Fond du Lac courtroom Friday that was filled with motorcyclists.
Sitting in a wheelchair, Clinton H. Lovelace appeared before Circuit Court Judge Gary Sharpe on charges of second degree reckless homicide, second degree reckless endangerment, three counts of second degree reckless injury, as well as felony bail jumping.
Tim Tomann, a representative of the motorcycle rights and safety organization Abate of Wisconsin, said more than 60 motorcyclists were at the preliminary hearing to find out why Lovelace was out on bail pending a Calumet County court case involving alleged possession of narcotic drugs when the horrific crash occurred on May 31 north of Fond du Lac.
Lovelace was traveling south near Welling Beach Road in the town of Taycheedah when he crossed the centerline and hit 10 of the 12 motorcycles. One man, Daniel Winsemius, was pronounced dead at the scene. Another rider, Douglas Yonkers, died June 7 from injuries sustained in the crash. All of the motorcyclists were from Muskegon, Mich.
Crash victims Eric Vandam and Douglas Williams remain on life support at Theda