Alcohol charges dropped in fatal hit and run case

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011
— Alcohol-related charges have been dropped against a Beloit man accused of killing a Janesville man in an October crash.

Results from the state crime lab show Derrick D. Richardson, 42, of 1433 Copeland Ave., Beloit, had no drugs or alcohol in his system at the time he is accused of driving the vehicle that struck and killed Anthony M. Sears of Janesville on Oct. 15 on Mount Zion Avenue, District Attorney David O’Leary said.

Richardson is charged with causing death while operating a motor vehicle after revocation, a misdemeanor, and hit and run resulting in death.

He had been facing charges of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and sixth offense intoxicated driving. Both charges were dropped.

“We got the rest results back from the crime lab showing no alcohol in the defendant’s system,” O’Leary said.

The alcohol police officers smelled when they found Richardson in the bedroom of an east side Janesville home could have been on his breath from the night before, O’Leary said.

The crash took place at 9:22 a.m., and Richardson said he had not been drinking since 3:30 a.m. He was reaching for a dropped cigarette when his vehicle struck what he later learned was a person, according to the original complaint.

Richardson stood mute to the original charges Nov. 30, and a not guilty plea was entered. He also stood mute to the new charges filed Tuesday, and a not guilty plea was again entered for him by the court.

He is being held in the Rock County Jail on a $40,000 cash bond.

Last updated: 7:07 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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