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Suspect in crash that killed 3 in Kenosha County pleads not guilty; trial set for July

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Posted at 11:31 AM, Apr 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-18 12:41:15-04

KENOSHA — Timothy Vandervere, who has been charged with three counts of reckless homicide and three counts of knowingly operating a vehicle while revoked, causing death, and two other felonies after a crash killed three family members and injured a fourth in Kenosha County, is scheduled to go to trial beginning at 9 a.m. July 15.

Vandervere of Beach Park, Illinois, appeared Thursday in court. He pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

A pretrial conference is scheduled at 9 a.m. June 26.

Blood alcohol levels for Vandervere came back at 0.316 — almost four times the legal limit — according to the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department last Friday.

Bond was set at $2 million for Vandervere, 40.

The Kenosha County Sheriff's Department said 67-year-old Dr. Michael Rizzo, 76-year-old Vincent Rizzo and Vincent's 74-year-old wife, Mary, were killed in the accident in the Village of Bristol.

Michael died at the scene. Vincent and Mary died at local hospitals.

Michael and Vincent's brother, 72-year-old Gerald, was the driver and lone survivor in their car. He was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

Sheriff David Beth said the crash happened in the 21600 block of Highway 50.

The Rizzos were heading home from a fish fry in their Jeep when a white pickup truck traveling in the same direction rear-ended their car, causing it to flip over into a ditch.