Court papers: Sleepy driver veered off road multiple times before hitting, killing biker
37-year-old died on Highway M
MADISON, Wis. — The man charged with killing a bicyclist in the town of Westport 18 months ago told deputies he worked the night shift and fell asleep at the wheel often.
The criminal complaint filed Wednesday in Dane County said 23-year-old Timothy Grulke, of Waunakee, was regularly tired after working overnight at a casino, as he had the evening before 37-year-old Carrie Pete, of Madison, was killed while biking on Highway M on Oct. 9, 2012.
Grulke told a deputy at the scene that he “nodded off” four or five times prior to hitting Pete’s bike at about 11:38 a.m., according to the complaint. Grulke had worked from 9:30 p.m.-6 a.m., then drove to the gym to workout, but left at about 11:15 a.m. because he became sleepy. He was on his way to get crickets for his lizard when the crash occurred.
A witness also told deputies he saw Grulke’s Dodge pickup truck veer off the roadway four or five times before the crash with the bike.
Pete died at the scene. The medical examiner said the cause of death was severe blunt force injuries to the head, neck and torso, with complete dislocation of the upper spinal cord.
Grulke was charged with homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle and faces up to 10 years in prison, up to $25,000 in fines and a one-year driver’s license suspension.