Illinois man charged in Wisconsin crash that killed 3 people

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Posted at 10:40 AM, Apr 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-09 17:26:18-04

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — An Illinois man has been charged in the deaths of three family members from Kenosha, including a doctor, a nurse and a dentist.

Forty-year-old Timothy Vandervere, of Beach Park, Illinois, was charged Tuesday with seven counts, including three counts of first-degree reckless homicide. Cash bond was set at $2 million.

Vandervere was allegedly speeding and driving erratically Friday evening when he slammed into the back of an SUV in Salem Lakes. The crash killed 67-year-old Michael Rizzo, as well as 74-year-old Mary Rizzo and her husband, 76-year-old Vincent Rizzo. Michael Rizzo, a doctor, and Vincent Rizzo, a dentist, are brothers. Mary Rizzo was a nurse.

Seventy-two-year-old Gerald Rizzo, the driver of the SUV, remains hospitalized.

Investigators say Vandervere smelled of alcohol and the charges could be modified depending on the results of a blood test.