DAILYKENN.com -- 55-year-old Phillip Thiessen was killed when a Mexican rammed him with a pickup truck because he was white. Thiessen, a retired police officer, was riding his motorcycle at the time.
Arrested is Daniel Navarro, 27.
It appears the Mexican was driving a 2004 Dodge Dakota and slammed into Thiessen head on.
According to a criminal complaint, Navarro apparently told police white people were trying to poison him. "[T]hose who are poisoning him, giving him acid and making racist comments are all Caucasian and targeting him because he is Mexican," the complaint said.
It is not known if the suspect is in the USA legally.
The crime occurred in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, and was reported July 10, 2020.
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A man is facing first-degree intentional homicide and hate crime charges in connection with a fatal Fond du Lac County crash. Prosecutors say the Fond du Lac man told investigators he was "targeting a white person" when he swerved into the path of a motorcyclist on July 3 -- hitting the bike head-on.
The victim, 55-year-old Phillip Thiessen, was a former Virginia police officer and retired Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation special agent -- but prosecutors noted there's nothing to suggest he was targeted based on his profession.
Daniel Navarro, 27, is also charged with use of a dangerous weapon. He made his initial court appearance Thursday where bond was set at $1 million cash. Navarro returns to court July 17.
According to a criminal complaint, around 6:45 p.m., investigators found the victim deceased in the roadway near a motorcycle, with witnesses trying to render aid. He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. A red 2004 Dodge Dakota pickup was nearby -- having crashed into a pole off the roadway. Prosecutors said Navarro, the driver of the pickup, said he was in the westbound lane of Winnebago Drive when he intentionally crashed into the motorcycle head-on. Witnesses said the truck swerved into the westbound lane and struck the motorcycle -- with the bike flying into the air.
Investigators said there were no signs the pickup braked before or after the crash.
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