A driver accused of driving drunk – and who struck a motorcyclist – was indicted by a grand jury.
The motorcycle accident happened on June 20, 2017 just east of Morton, at the intersection of Tennessee Avenue and Queenswood Road. Police were called to the accident scene, which involved a collision between the Jeep SUV and the motorcycle, at approximately 11:10 p.m.
The driver of the Jeep SUV, identified as Colton J. Vinovich, 25, of Pekin, was allegedly intoxicated at the time of the collision.
An excerpt from the July 14, 2017 pjstar.com article titled “Pekin man indicted in fatal motorcycle accident“:
Colton J. Vinovich, 25, of 1919 Chicory Road, was indicted July 6 on a charge of aggravated driving under the influence resulting in a death. If convicted, he could be sentenced to as many as 14 years in prison.
The motorcyclists was identified as Clayton Burger, 64, of Creve Coeur. He died at the accident scene.
There was a stop sign on Tennessee Avenue. Vinovich was traveling north on Tennessee, and struck Burger’s motorcycle, that was traveling on Queenswood. Queenswood had no stop sign.
An excerpt from the June 21, 2017 pekintimes.com article titled “Morton Man charged with fatal DUI“:
Vinovich was charged with aggravated DUI causing death, a Class 2 felony punishable by three to 14 years in prison, with probation available only if an “extraordinary circumstance” is found as a factor in the case.
Vinovich acknowledged he had drunk “more than three beers” before driving but earlier said he had gotten off of work about a half-hour before the crash, the affidavit stated. Tests at a hospital after the crash revealed his blood-alcohol content at .145 percent, nearly twice the legal limit for driving.
Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Illinois motorcycle collision can be seen in a variety of media sources, including those mentioned above.
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