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Delavan man killed in crash

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Kayla Bunge
March 11, 2009
— A Milwaukee teen faces a potential homicide charge after a crash that killed a Delavan man early Tuesday morning in Lafayette Township.

Donovan N. Espinosa, 17, was southbound on Bowers Road when he failed to stop at the stop sign at Highway 11. His vehicle smashed into the driver's side of a pickup truck at about 3:45 a.m., according to a news release from the Walworth County Sheriff's Office.


The driver of the pickup truck, Dean A. Schumacher, 41, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the release.


Authorities believe Espinosa was driving under the influence of a controlled substance—possibly marijuana, but they are waiting for the results of a blood test to confirm that, said Capt. Scott McClory.


Authorities do not believe he was under the influence of alcohol, McClory said.


Authorities also do not believe weather was a factor, although it was raining at the time of the crash, McClory said.


Espinosa is in the Walworth County Jail. He faces potential charges of homicide while driving under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, carrying a concealed weapon and miscellaneous traffic offenses related to the crash.


Espinosa was scheduled to appear in Walworth County Court this afternoon.



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