CLINTON — The driver of a vehicle that collided with a house on Dec. 26 — a crash that led to the death of a passenger in the vehicle — has been charged with vehicular homicide and could face up to 25 years in prison.

Clinton resident Lilly Marie Wilkerson, 21, turned herself in to Clinton County officials on Wednesday. Clinton County Attorney Mike Wolf said the charge is a Class B felony, which will lead to mandatory incarceration if she is convicted. Her arraignment has been set for Jan. 23.

According to a police report, officers responded to a single vehicle crash at 2:43 a.m. Dec. 26 at 11th Avenue South and Fifth Street.

In the report, Clinton Police Officer Richard Mojeiko said tire marks were observed in the roadway, showing the vehicle was side slipping as it was traveling east around the curve on Camanche Avenue.

The vehicle slid into a guard rail, through the yard and struck the west side of the house. Officers observed Wilkerson sitting in the driver’s seat of the vehicle and identified the passenger as Jesse Aaron Van Scoyoc.

The affidavit stated officers found a six-pack carton of Busch Light bottles on the floorboard of the front passenger seat. The carton contained one open bottle of beer and one unopened bottle. Two bottles were found outside of the vehicle.

Officers interviewed Wilkerson at Mercy North Hospital, where she reportedly admitted to drinking several alcoholic beverages over the course of five and a half hours prior to the collision. Wilkerson was asked if she felt the effects of the drinks and allegedly told the officers “Yes,” and said she was “tipsy.” Wilkerson admitted to driving the vehicle at the time of the collision.

Van Scoyoc was pronounced dead at Mercy North Hospital. The Clinton County Medical Examiner reviewed the body and determined the death was caused from blunt trauma due to the collision.

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