April 30, 2017
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Kenosha motorcyclist charged in fatal hit-and-run

Elderly pedestrian killed in crash on Sunday


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BY DENEEN SMITH
dsmith@kenoshanews.com


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The 29-year-old Kenosha man accused of striking and killing an elderly man with his motorcycle Sunday allegedly hid the bike after the crash and then went to work, clocking in about 30 minutes after the man was killed.

Nathan P. Hubbard was charged Wednesday with hit-and-run resulting in death for the crash that killed Wesley A. Hironimus, 75, of Kenosha.

According to the criminal complaint, Hironimus was crossing 22nd Avenue near 61st Street and was walking in the southbound lane at about 8:30 p.m. when he was struck by a black motorcycle driven by a man wearing a black jacket and a dark helmet.

Several witnesses saw the crash or its aftermath, according to the complaint, describing the collision causing Hironimus “to flip in the air” and land on his face. One witness said she saw the motorcycle “wobble” and lose control after the collision. “When the driver did regain control, he sped off, southbound on 22nd Avenue and past Roosevelt Road,” the complaint states.

Several passersby stopped to try to aid Hironimus, who suffered massive injuries including a torn aorta, lacerated spleen, and multiple fractures to his spine, ribs and legs. He was taken to Kenosha Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Meanwhile, according to the complaint, Hubbard drove to a friend’s home and parked his Harley-Davidson motorcycle in the backyard, then got a ride to his job in Pleasant Prairie, clocking in at 9:07 p.m., four minutes before Hironimus was formally pronounced dead at the hospital.

Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger said Hubbard worked a full shift, punching out at 6 a.m. Monday, retrieving his motorcycle later that day and bringing it to a relative’s home in Salem, parking it in a shed.

Police had released photos on social media of the suspect taken from security video from a store he had stopped in shortly before the crash. On Tuesday, several witnesses told police they believed Hubbard was the driver in the crash.

Late Tuesday afternoon, Hubbard turned himself in to Kenosha Police after he hired a defense attorney. According to the complaint, he spoke to detectives about the crash and “stated that he did not know the significance of the injuries of the person he hit when he drove away.”

Defense attorney Loren Keating said there were “large and valid mitigating circumstances” in the crash and said his client cooperated with the investigation by turning himself in and by telling investigators where they could find his motorcycle.

Court Commissioner David Berman set a $10,000 bond for Hubbard. “Certainly it is tragic that someone died here,” he said, and said Hubbard’s alleged conduct was troubling “not so much in the accident but in everything he did subsequent to the accident.”

Hubbard is expected to appear in court for a preliminary hearing April 26.


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