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Alchohol use alleged in deadly crash

Mike Heine/The Week

(Published May 14, 2007, 3:30 p.m.)

For the second time in two weeks, a person was killed on Delavan's South Shore Drive in a car vs. tree accident.

Stacy M. Hesprich, 31, of 1828 South Shore Drive, Apt. A, Delavan, died Satuday about 45 minutes after the 1:17 a.m. accident just three houses away from her home, according to police and the Walworth County Coroner's Office. The car lost control and hit a tree at 1808 South Shore Drive.

She was a passenger in a car driven by her boyfriend, James P. Nicholson, 34, of the same address.

Nicholson faces potential charges of homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle and possession of drug paraphernalia, Police Chief Andrew Mayer said. He was arrested when he was discharged Saturday from Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital in Wauwatosa.

He remains in custody at the Walworth County Jail. His bail hearing is tomorrow.

Nicholson was arrested March 5 for his second operating under the influence offense, according to court records. That case remains open. His first offense was in 1998, according to court records.

Hesprich was not wearing her seatbelt. She died of multiple internal injuries, Deputy Coroner Ron Wilson said.

The accident remains under investigation, Mayer said. It was the county's fourth fatal accident this year.

On April 29, Courtney C. Hamilton, 20, of Delavan, died when a car she was riding in collided into a tree near the intersection of South Shore Drive and Bailey Road, about a half-mile from the scene of Saturday's accident, Mayer said.

 

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