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Investigation into Fatal Wisconsin Crash Continues

A warm August night turned into a deadly nightmare for a Wisconsin motorcyclist.

An investigation into the fatal motorcycle crash continues well into winter, as law enforcement officials try to determine exactly what went wrong.

The Appleton Post-Crescent reports that the 30-year-old motorcyclist died Aug. 17 after a minivan slammed into him in Greenville on State Highway 15. The driver of the van is alleged to have been intoxicated at the time of the accident.

The van was headed west on State 15 when the motorcyclist pulled out from a side street into the westbound lane. The 39-year-old driver of the van allegedly drove his vehicle right into the cycle.

The motorcyclist died at the scene of the collision.

According to the newspaper, an Outagamie County law enforcement officer saw the driver of the van sucking on a penny before the blood-alcohol test was administered. Despite what may have been an attempt to alter those test results, the test showed his BAC to be at .12, which is 50 percent above the legal limit of .08.

A pair of witnesses have told officers they didn't see the motorcycle stop in front of the van, nor did they see the van's brake lights go on before the vehicle rammed the motorcycle.

The driver of the van, a resident of Bear Creek, has so far only been charged by prosecutors with obstructing the investigation and driving at an imprudent speed. He was originally jailed by sheriff's deputies for homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle.

Prosecutors say the investigation is ongoing and that more charges may be forthcoming.

The van driver failed to show for his Dec. 6 court hearing on his misdemeanor obstruction charge. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Source: Appleton Post-Crescent: "Investigation continues into August fatal crash": December 27, 2010

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