December 03, 2010 | 01:25 PM The Walworth County District Attorney's Office filed charges Friday afternoon against Jeremy C. Dees for the Nov. 16 crash that killed 9-year-old Eastview Elementary School student Carter Dorwin and injured his mother and brother.
Dees, 33, appeared in Walworth County Circuit Court Friday afternoon via closed circuit television. He was in an orange jail jumpsuit. He still has a brace on his neck and was hunched over for much of his 5-minute appearance.
According to the complaint, Dees is being charged with homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle and two counts of reckless driving causing injury.
The homicide count is a felony and, if convicted, Dees may be fined not more than $25,000 or imprisoned not more than 10 years. The misdemeanor charges carry each between a $300 and $2,000 fine and between 30 days and a year in prison.
According to the complaint, Dees was on his way back to his home in Elkhorn after going to church in Lake Geneva that morning. It was about 7 a.m. and the Dorwin family was on their way to school in Lake Geneva.
Dees' green jeep was on Highway H at an estimated 75 to 80 mph, according to a witness cited in the complaint. The witness also stated that Dees' vehicle left the roadway onto the shoulder and then continued on Highway H.
Nicole Dorwin, Carter's mother, said Dees' vehicle was completely driving in her lane and was swerving.
According to the complaint, Dees told police after he went to the church, he was returning to Elkhorn, but he did not remember anything until he awoke in the hospital.
Police initially stated that "alcohol may have been a factor." However, a blood test following the crash showed there was no alcohol in Dees.
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