Tuesday, September 24, 2013

9-25-13 two men convicted in separate fatal fdl county crashes

Two of the more horrific car crashes in Fond du lac County in recent  memory have been settled without going to trial.   Plea agreements have been reached  for 25 year old Daniel Shea and 26 year old Clinton Lovelace.   At a hearing Tuesday afternoon in Fond du lac County Circuit Court Shea  pleaded guilty to two counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle in connection with a fatal drunken driving crash on Highway 45 near Kewaskum that claimed the lives of an Eden couple.  A charge of causing injury by Intoxicated use of a a motor vehicle was dismissed and read into the record.  Sheriff’s  Captain Rick Olig says its disturbing that the crash happened in the middle of the afternoon.  "At 5:30pm he was a .21 (alcohol concentration) which is almost three times the legal limit and then he's going to go out and have some more alcohol.  That just shocks the conscience,"  Olig told WFDL news.  Lovelace  pleaded no contest to two counts of homicide by negligient operation of a motor vehicle and entered an Alford plea to three counts of  second degree reckless
injury.  Lovelace was accused of crossing the center line of Highway 151 north of  Fond du Lac, killing two motorcyclists and injuring several others.    Tim Tomman is with the motorcycle rights and safety group ABATE Wisconsin.  "This is one of the worst motorcycle crashes ever,"  Tomman said.  "This is closure.  This is finally having him (Lovelace)  take some responsibility."  Judge Gary Sharpe ordered pre-sentence investigations for both cases.

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