Last May, a Hilbert man crashed into 10 motorcyclists after allegedly crossing the centerline. Two of the motorcyclists who were struck were killed, and eight others were faced with serious personal injury. While their injuries ranged in severity, one of the motorcyclists lost his leg, and both he and one other were placed on life support.Hospital liens for medical expenses totaling more than $400,000 have been placed on the man and his aunt, who was the owner of the vehicle that he was driving. More than one civil suit has been filed by the victims of this event and their insurance companies against several defendants, including the Hilbert man.
The dismissal of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle charges against a 42-year-old Green Bay motorcyclist may not be the final chapter in a story that began in a roadside ditch in Oconto County. The scene could shift next to a civil court if the family of the passenger who was killed chooses to pursue a wrongful death claim. An issue that may arise is whether the victim assumed the risk of injury by getting on the motorcycle with someone who might have been intoxicated. According to police, the motorcyclist admitted that he hit gravel and went into a ditch. The 39-year old female passenger died from multiple injuries. The police charged the motorcyclist with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle because he had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.118 percent at the time of the fatal accident. The legal limit blood alcohol concentration for driving in Wisconsin is 0.08 percent.
A Wisconsin man driving a pickup truck hit an oncoming motorcycle while attempting to make a left-hand turn into his driveway. The driver of the motorcycle flew more than 6 feet over the hood of the truck. His passenger -- who was his wife -- flew about 60 feet away from the point of the accident. The Wisconsin husband and wife were brought to a nearby hospital where she later died.Police charged the truck driver with drunk driving. He first told police that he had not been drinking alcohol. However, a preliminary blood-alcohol test showed his concentration at 0.13 percent. Then he admitted to have had a few drinks, and blood analysis registered at 0.11 percent. The truck driver told police that he saw the motorcycle's headlights, and he thought that he had enough time to make the turn. He also said, however, that the driver of the motorcycle was speeding. The truck driver pleaded not guilty to charges of homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle and reckless driving causing great bodily harm.