The man who allegedly hit a Caledonia man on Douglas Avenue has been charged in the man’s death.
Tyler Martinez, 27, of Racine, was charged Monday in Racine County Circuit Court with one felony count of hit and run causing death. If convicted, he faces up to 25 years in prison and/or up to $100,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, Martinez was driving north Friday on Douglas Avenue near Middle Road when he hit a man riding a bicycle and left the scene. A witness who assisted the man at the site of the accident described the suspect vehicle as a silver, Cadillac sedan.
The victim was later identified as Michael Fuchsgurber, 39, of Caledonia, whom friends describe on his Facebook page as a great guy with a “beautiful soul” who will be missed. He was with his 15-year-old son at the time of the accident, but the boy was unhurt.
Police say that when Martinez told his father he thought he hit a mailbox, Martinez’s father called 911. When officers questioned Martinez about the accident, both he and his girlfriend said they knew they hit something, but didn’t know what it was.
Martinez was visibly surprised by the news that he hit someone and even more shocked when he learned the person died, the complaint continues. He passed a breathalyzer test and answered all police questions about the incident.
At his initial appearance Monday, Martinez was assigned a $50,000 signature bond based on the facts that he does not have a criminal history, is employed, and cooperated fully with police, a story in The Journal Times reads.
Martinez will next be in court Nov. 8 for his preliminary hearing.