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Illinois man pleads not guilty in drunk driving crash that killed 3 relatives in Kenosha County

NOW: Illinois man pleads not guilty in drunk driving crash that killed 3 relatives in Kenosha County

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — An Illinois man charged in a crash that killed three family members, including a doctor, a nurse and a dentist, has pleaded not guilty in Wisconsin.

Forty-year-old Timothy Vandervere, of Beach Park, Illinois, appeared in Kenosha County Circuit Court Thursday where a judge found there was enough evidence to proceed to trial.

Vandervere then entered not guilty pleas to eight felonies, including first-degree reckless homicide. Vandervere has also pleaded not guilty to drunken driving.

Prosecutors say Vandervere was allegedly speeding and driving erratically April 5 when he slammed into the back of an SUV in Salem Lakes, killing 67-year-old Michael Rizzo, 74-year-old Mary Rizzo and her 76-year-old husband, Vincent Rizzo. Michael Rizzo, a doctor, and Vincent Rizzo, a dentist, are brothers. Mary Rizzo was a nurse. The SUV's driver, a 72-year-old brother, Gerald Rizzo, was injured.

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MAD 30 days ago
At least he'll get to see his toddler the Rizzo's will never ever get to see their families again he'll get to see his toddler and his family while he's Behind Bars and talk to them in letters and over the phone the Rizzo's will never ever ever ever get to see their families again! So who's impacted more and like I said it was his choice- and by the way you don't get sober in 3 weeks! One can only wish this was the death penalty state for all these families that he has devastated for life!!!
MAD 30 days ago
A plea bargain are you kidding are you really kidding me, and him impacting his own family this was his , again his choice, look how many other families he has impacted! To say the least by his choice, do you think he deserves a plea bargain, he could have called anyone to come and pick him up and so could have his brother!
John 30 days ago
I think that pleading not guilty is standard for most death cases. I am sure he will either be found guilty or do a plea bargain down the road. Since he this is now sober, he needs to take time to process how the life he had is over and will be changed forever. He has impacted his own family too, including a little toddler who will not have a daddy at home.
MAD 33 days ago
I don't believe this guy could plead not guilty, he was driving drunk plenty of witnesses saw him no skid marks and he rear-ended the Rizzo's, completely devastating this family and the entire community! What's he going to say the Budweiser Man was driving and he got out of the truck and ran? Witnesses called the police on him well before this horrific accident ever happened saying he was going at least 100 miles an hour and almost hitting them, swerving all over the road. What's he thinking that's going to happen next, that Wisconsin is going to make him a plea bargain this is absolutely ridiculous! When you're almost 4 times the legal limit to drive as to being drunk stay where you are or have somebody come and pick you up. I think it's called being responsible for your own actions, and when you're not you face the consequences.
MAD 33 days ago
This guy has no right to breathe our airspace, he deserves life for what he has done! I so wish we had the death penalty because I certainly don't want to pay to feed and house him! The Rizzo Family will be sadly missed and would have never hurt anyone. They were and are the type of Family that helps others and Saves Lives - Well Educated - Religious - Loving and Loved Spending Time With Family.

This Timothy VanDevere he doesn't have a license in Wisconsin because it's revoked so how does he have one in Illinois I thought they crossed checked! And where does his brother fit in with all this he was at his house drinking all day shooting guns and riding SUVs and then his brother lets him get in his truck and drive wouldn't you think it's just like a Tavern that is Brothers partially responsible for not taking the keys and making him stay there?? And if he did leave that his brother would be responsible to call the police on him!

It truly sickens me as to the laws of Wisconsin I have seen people with 12 DUIs that go to rehab and nothing happens to then they get a slap on the hand things need to change and Wisconsin - we have the most lenient DUI laws in the United States and it's truly ridiculous! If it were up to me the first DUI you would go to jail for 5 years and you would lose your license for another five years and you would not drive at all period, these people running around here killing people and hurting people because they want to drink and drive is absolutely absurd, when are we going to get it and change our laws? Just how many innocent Lives have to be taken and or destroyed before Wisconsin State keeps these DRUNKS behind bars, no bail, no nothing, Go To Prison and give all you have and ever will have to the innocent people you have devastated. If you did have Insurance, it will not pay as you were committing a crime by drunk driving! I DON'T EVEN SEE HOW AN ATTORNEY COULD EVER DEFEND THIS SOCIAL PARASITE, SHAME ON HIM FOR DOING SO!!!
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