Authorities: Beach Park man charged in fatal crash legally drunk

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 4/12/2019 8:45 PM
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  • Beach Park resident Timothy Vandervere, left, appears in court Tuesday in Wisconsin for a bond hearing. He has been accused of reckless homicide in a crash that killed three Kenosha residents.

    Beach Park resident Timothy Vandervere, left, appears in court Tuesday in Wisconsin for a bond hearing. He has been accused of reckless homicide in a crash that killed three Kenosha residents. Courtesy of Fox Channel 6 in Milwaukee

A Beach Park man charged in a crash in Wisconsin that killed three people Sunday had a blood alcohol content nearly four times the legal threshold, authorities said Friday.

Laboratory blood results released Friday afternoon showed Timothy G. Vandervere measured a blood alcohol level of 0.316, which is above the 0.08 legal level, according to the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department.

Vandervere, 40, of the 38000 block of North Tewes Court, was charged Monday with three felony counts of reckless homicide and knowingly operating a vehicle on a revoked license that caused a death. He also is charged with single felony counts of knowingly operating a vehicle on a revoked license that caused great bodily harm and operating a vehicle under the influence.

Authorities said Vandervere was driving a white GMC pickup truck erratically and speeding when he rear-ended a Jeep Cherokee carrying four people while heading east on Highway 50 at 6:45 p.m. Sunday near Bristol, Wisconsin.

The crash killed Michael Rizzo, 67, Vincent Rizzo, 76, and Mary Rizzo, 74, all residents of Kenosha. Driver Gerald Rizzo, 67, also of Kenosha, was injured.

Vandervere is being held at the Kenosha County jail on $2 million bond.

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