Community outrage after child dies in drunk driving crash


by Michael Schlesinger

KENOSHA COUNTY -- There's community outrage in Kenosha County after a five-year-old boy died in a drunk driving accident. The man driving drunk already had his license revoked for a previous drunk driving case.

According to the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department, the crash occurred on 12th St. and 72nd Ave. in the Town of Somers around 6:00 p.m. on October 8th. A Toyota Sienna, containing 20-year-old Madison McCollum and five-year-old Bailey McCollum, was heading westbound on 12th St. when a Dodge Caravan operated by 29-year-old Marcus Thornton blew a stop sign hitting the Toyota Sienna.

McCollum's vehicle spun and rolled over twice. Five-year-old Bailey McCollum was killed by this accident. 20-year-old Madison McCollum was transported to a local hospital for possible internal injuries.

Thornton was also transported to a local hospital, and remains there under guard. The sheriff's department says Thornton appeared to be drunk.

Thornton is under bond conditions from a previous operating while intoxicated case, and his driver's license is revoked. He'll be facing the following criminal charges:

  • Homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle 
  • Injury by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle
  • Operating after revocation causing death
  • Operating after revocation causing great bodily harm
  • Operating while intoxicated 4th offense
  • 7 counts of bail jumping

The sheriff's department also cited Thornton for operating after revocation, failure to stop at a stop sign, operating left of the center line, open intoxicants in a motor vehicle. 


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