Muskegon motorcycle club members are grieving two deaths after a fatal Wisconsin motorcycle crash that took place during the Muskegon Motorcycle Gang's annual “Bridge Run.”
The Wisconsin motorcycle accident occurred on Thursday, May 31, 2012, on U.S. 151 near the town of Taycheedah, Wisconsin. Twenty-five-year-old Clinton Lovelace of Hilbert crossed the center line and drove directly into a group of a twelve Muskegon-area motorcyclists.
Fifty-nine-year-old Daniel Lee Winsemius, 59, of Twin Lake, Michigan, died at the scene from injuries sustained in the crash; nine others were injured. One of the injured, 43-year-old Doug Yonkers, died on June 7 from his injuries. Eric Vandam, 52, and Douglas Williams, 58, are still in intensive care. All the motorcyclists were wearing helmets and eye protection. Garry Ferris, 52; and Leland Johnson, 59, also sustained serious injuries.
Police say that the driver appeared to be impaired and believe the driver was under the influence of drugs. Lovelace admitted to using prescription drugs at the time of the crash, but did not remember if he took them the morning of the accident. He was extricated from his car and also was airlifted to a Fond du Lac hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Lovelace has been charged with reckless endangerment, reckless homicide, three counts of reckless injury, and a felony count of bail jumping. He is being held on $75,000 bail. If convicted on all charges, he faces more than 78 years in prison.
Sheriff's deputies say that two syringes and the drug LSD were found in Lovelace's pocket after the crash. No trial date will be set until the results of Lovelace's toxicology test are available.
Our Wisconsin motorcycle lawyers would like to offer our thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families.