MORTON — A Creve Coeur man was killed late Tuesday night in a crash between his motorcycle and a Jeep southeast of Morton.
Clayton Burger, 64, of Creve Coeur was pronounced dead by the Tazewell County Coroner's Office shortly after the crash that occurred about 11:10 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Tennessee Avenue and Queenwood Road.
Preliminary reports indicate Burger was traveling west on Queenwood when a Jeep traveling north on Tennessee driven by Colton Vinovich, 25, of Morton failed to stop at the intersection, according to a news release from the Tazewell County Sheriff's Office.
Bond was set at $500,000 Wednesday for Vinovich, who was charged with aggravated DUI causing death. The Class 2 felony is 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 told his father at the crash site, “I guess I smoked the stop sign,” according to a prosecutor’s court affidavit.
Vinovich acknowledged he had drunk “more than three beers” before driving but earlier said he had gotten off work about a half-hour before the crash, the affidavit stated. Tests at a hospital revealed his blood-alcohol content at .145 percent, nearly twice the legal limit for driving.
Vinovich told police 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 about 11 p.m. when the motorcycle slammed into the passenger side of his Jeep. 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 will next appear in court on July 17.