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'Tragic loss to Kenosha County': Victims of drunken driving crash identified

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Posted at 6:30 AM, Apr 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-08 13:20:38-04

BRISTOL (AP) — Authorities say three family members were killed in a suspected drunken driving crash in Kenosha County.

The victims have been identified as Dr. Michael Rizzo, 67, Mary Rizzo, 74, and Vincent Rizzo, 76. All are residents of Kenosha.

"This is a tragic loss to Kenosha County...The Kenosha Sheriff's Department extends our sympathies to the entire Rizzo family and the entire health care community of Kenosha," said officials in a news release.

The driver, Gerald Rizzo, remains in the hospital in stable condition with serious injuries.

The three passengers died after a pickup truck slammed into the back of their Jeep on Highway 50 on Friday night in Bristol. One person died at the scene, and two others were taken to a hospital, where they died.

Sheriff's officials say the Jeep rolled into a marshy ditch after it was struck by the suspected drunken driver in the pickup. The suspect is currently being treated for injuries.

According to the KSD, upon release the 40-year-old Illinois man will be charged with three counts of reckless homicide, three counts of knowingly operating after revocation-causing death, one count of reckless injury, one count of knowingly operating after revocation - causing great bodily harm. He will also be charged with first offense operating a motor vehicle under the influence.

The suspected drunken driver holds a valid Illinois license, but his Wisconsin license is revoked.