Homicide charge issued in fatal East Troy accident

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Andrea Anderson
September 16, 2015

ELKHORN—A 19-year-old Milwaukee man faces multiple charges, including a reckless homicide charge, in connection with a Saturday, Sept. 12, accident that killed a motorcyclist in East Troy.

Andre Carroll is charged with second-degree reckless homicide in Walworth County Court. A criminal complaint accuses him of falling asleep behind the wheel of a white Chevrolet Traverse and crossing into the westbound lane of Highway 20 near Division Street, hitting two motorcycles.

Andrew T. Pearson, 43, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two other people, Antrea Pearson, 48, and Jeffrey Marker, 55, were injured.

Antrea, Andrew Pearson's wife, was taken to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa for a broken left femur and broken left arm. Marker was taken to Waukesha Memorial Hospital for a broken pelvis, the complaint states.

The couple are from Waterford, and Marker is from Mukwonago, East Troy Police Chief Alan Boyes said.

Carroll is also charged with two felony counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety and felony operating a vehicle without a valid license.

Carroll told police he has never had a valid driver's license. He said he was partying in Madison the night before the accident and got little sleep.

He drove back to UW-Whitewater to drop off his friends and stop at his dorm room and was on his way to Milwaukee when he fell asleep behind the wheel, the complaint states.

Police found empty alcohol containers, marijuana and a grinder in Carroll's vehicle, the complaint states.

Further charges are pending toxicology reports, Boyes said.

Carroll is being held at the Walworth County Jail on a $150,000 cash bond. He will appear in court next at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, at the Walworth County Judicial Center.

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