A Lodi man is facing homicide charges in a fatal West Point car crash last summer.
Brian A. Moore, 28, town of Lodi, was charged with homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle during a June 19 Columbia County Court appearance after an accident reconstruction reported that he was going 24 mph over the speed limit.
The July 2, 2012 accident resulted in the death of Kyle P. Caraher, 17, of Northbrook, Ill.
The crash occurred around 1:10 p.m. at State Hwy. 60 and State Hwy. 188. According to a Wisconsin State Patrol trooper who reconstructed the crash, Moore, driving a 2010 Jeep Wrangler struck the 1994 Acura, driven by Caraher.
According to the criminal complaint, the Jeep had been heading east on Hwy. 60 and the Acura was heading north on Hwy. 188. The Acura stopped at the stop sign at Hwy. 188 and Hwy. 60 and was waiting for traffic to pass. Both drivers could not see each other because a Chevrolet truck was stopped at the intersection of Hwy. 188 and Hwy. 60 in the left lane blocking the view of the traffic coming from the left. The Acura stopped and waited for westbound traffic to clear before heading north into the intersection.
The trooper reported that the Jeep driven by Moore was heading east through the intersection at the same time and that Moore reportedly saw the Acura 1.4 seconds prior to impact and began making an evasive maneuver. The trooper reported that Moore was traveling 69 mph in a 45 mph speed zone. The Jeep reportedly struck the Acura's driver side at an impact of 54 mph.
Moore told the state trooper that he noticed the Acura as he cleared the front of the Chevrolet truck but was not sure if he steered or braked to avoid the accident. Moore told the officer that he was not speeding.
After the accident reconstruction, the trooper concluded speed was a factor in the crash and that if Moore had been going the speed limit (45 mph) there would not have been an accident because the Acura would have cleared the intersection before the Jeep reached it.
Moore faces up to 10 years in prison and/or a $25,000 fine if convicted. Moore was released on a $5,000 signature bond and is scheduled for a July 29 Columbia County Court pre-trial conference.