A Racine County Court Judge ordered a 38-year-old Caledonia man, accused of homicide for his role in a fatal car crash, not to drive while he awaits his trial.
Daniel J. Hess was told not to drive, and not to drink alcohol or possess any controlled substances in Racine County Circuit Court Judge Allan B. Torhorst this week. Torhorst also lowered Hess’ bond from $50,000 to $20,000.
Hess was charged last week with one count of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle. If convicted, he faces up to 25 years and $100,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint:
At 6:26 a.m. April 2, Hess was travelling eastbound on Six Mile Road near Foley Road when he hit a van heading in the opposite direction. The driver of the van, Michelle Schluechtermann, was killed in the incident.
Hess told officers he took Percocet before driving. A blood test revealed he had Oxycodone, Hydromorphine and Methadone in his system at the time of the incident.