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Felony charges for Wisconsin man after April crash in Spring Grove

Published: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 11:47 a.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 11:00 p.m. CST

WOODSTOCK – Police charged a 20-year-old motorcyclist left in critical condition after an April crash with a semitruck with a felony after he was released from the hospital.

According to the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, Kyle A. Marriner, of Genoa, Wisconsin, possessed a fake ID.

Talk about kicking a guy when he’s down, said Marriner’s attorney, Assistant Public Defender Kim Messer.

“The police and the state’s attorney’s office have the discretion whether or not to charge him,” Messer said. “A minor offense like this, it’s disappointing that he has to go through all this after having nearly been killed.”

The crash happened April 20 in the 3900 block of Route 12 in unincorporated Spring Grove. Police said a second motorcyclist was driving with Marriner, who was in the wrong lane when his Yamaha F28-N collided with a Freightliner truck pulling a loaded 53-foot van trailer.

Marriner was ejected from the motorcycle and flown by Flight for Life to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, where he was listed in critical condition. He was wearing a helmet at the time, police have said.

The second driver, David A. Kelly, 26, of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, was charged with two felonies for allegedly leaving the scene of the accident without calling for help.

“He was part of the crash and he just took off and left him there,” Undersheriff Andrew Zinke said.

The driver of the Freightliner, Edward L. Lechner, 51, of Watertown, Wisconsin, was medically treated and released at the scene. He was not issued a citation.

Marriner also was cited for improper lane usage and driving without insurance.

Possession of a fake ID is a Class 4 felony, punishable by between one to three years in prison. The more serious charge against Kelly is punishable by between three to seven years in prison.

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