PEKIN - Bond was set Wednesday at $500,000 for a Morton man when he was charged with killing a motorcyclist while allegedly driving drunk late Tuesday.

Colton Vinovich, 25, told his father at the crash site, “I guess I smoked the stop sign” at Tennessee Avenue and Queenwood Road southeast of Morton, according to a prosecutor’s court affidavit.

The crash killed Clayton Burger, 64, of Creve Coeur, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Vinovich was charged with aggravated DUI causing death, a Class 2 felony punishable by three to 14 years in prison, with probation available only if an “extraordinary circumstance” is found as a factor in the case.

Vinovich acknowledged he had drunk “more than three beers” before driving but earlier said he had gotten off of work about a half-hour before the crash, the affidavit stated. Tests at a hospital after the crash revealed his blood-alcohol content at .145 percent, nearly twice the legal limit for driving.


Vinovich also told police at the scene that he had stopped at the intersection but didn’t see Burger’s motorcycle approaching on his right as he pulled into the crossing that’s located within unobstructed farm fields.


He said he was heading home as he drove north on Tennessee at about 11 p.m. when the motorcycle, westbound on Queenwood, slammed into the passenger side of his Jeep SUV. Parts of the motorcycle were found embedded in the Jeep. Queenwood is not controlled by a stop sign at the intersection, Morton police said.


Vinovich said he got out of his vehicle, checked the victim for a pulse he didn’t find, then called his father. Morton police were the first to arrived at the crash scene.


Vinovich, who has two prior speeding convictions, will next appear in court on July 17.

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