Bikers to fill courtroom Tues. for hearing for man accused in Hwy. 151 crash

FOND DU LAC COUNTY (WITI) -- On Tuesday, September 23rd, dozens of motorcyclists will pack the Fond du Lac County Courthouse. There, they hope to send a powerful message that if you kill a biker, you'll have to face his brothers.

Tim Tomann is among dozens of motorcyclists who plan to be on hand for a plea hearing in the case against Clinton Lovelace. 25-year-old Lovelace accused of crashing into a group of motorcyclists, killing two Michigan men, on Highway 151 in May of 2012.

"We want to make sure that people are held accountable. Hopefully we have such an overwhelming crowd there will be standing room only in the hallway," Tomann said.

Authorities say Lovelace crossed the center line of Highway 151 in Fond du Lac County, and crashed into 10 motorcyclists from Michigan. Two men were killed, and three were injured.

"When he walks into the courtroom we want to make sure he sees a lot of bikers' eyes and that he understands that we do stand together," Tomann said.

Lovelace faces 13 charges in all, including two counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and possession of a controlled substance.

Officers say they found syringes in Lovelace's pocket that appeared to be used for hits of acid.

Among those who plan to be in attendance during Tuesday's court hearing is Ric Van Dam -- the first motorcyclist who was struck.

"He was in a coma for over a week. He was in a hospital for 95 days. He left his leg on the side of the highway," Tomann said.

Motorcyclists left a memorial at the crash scene -- a scene Tomann says resembled a war zone.

"525 feet of twisted metal, twisted bike and car parts," Tomann said.

Wisconsin motorcyclists have attended all of Lovelace's hearings -- but Tuesday's will be the biggest show of force yet.

"We want to make sure there is a very loud message. If you hit one of us we are going to stand up," Tomann said.

A few of the survivors of that crash are also expected in court on Tuesday, along with the fiancee of one of the bikers killed.

Lovelace has told police he remembers nothing from the crash.