On April 21, 2018, a then 68-year old William E. Koprovic was spotted by a Kenosha County Sheriff’s Deputy driving drunk near the intersection of Highway 158 and Highway H. Koprovic told Sgt. Gott that he had not been drinking, but Sgt. Gott could smell intoxicants on Koprovic’s person even through the cologne that he has just doused himself with. Koprovic failed field sobriety tests and blew a .11 blood alcohol. He was arrested, charged, and convicted of OWI first.
Just over five years later, on June 25, 2023, Koprovic would fatally strike a man with his SUV who was walking near the roadway, at the exact same intersection. It is likely that no one will know if Koprovic was drunk when he ran over 36-year-old Scott David Mingilino. That is because Koprovic failed to stop as required under the law according to police and prosecutors.
According to the criminal complaint:
A Kenosha County Deputy was driving home after completing her shift on June 25, 2023 at 2:22am when she saw an unconscious man on the road. She stopped and activated her emergency lights. A passerby, Steven Osterman stopped, got out of his car and helped the deputy administer CPR.
Kenosha County Sheriff’s Detectives, during their investigation pulled the dash-cam video from the Deputy’s squad and noticed a Cadillac stop a half mile ahead of the crash, turn around, and drive past the crime scene. Detectives then published a photo of the car on Facebook. Koprovic then turned himself into the Sheriff’s Department, but used his right to remain silent and would not talk to detectives.
In court today, Koprovic was charged with a Class D Felony of Hit and Run – Resulting in death. He faces a maximum of 25 years in prison. Scott Mingilino’s father of the same name, spoke in court today:
“If the facts bear out as they seem to be now, on the early morning of June 25, 2023, Mr. Koprovic mowed down my son with his vehicle, decided to leave the scene, only stopping a little ways ahead to possibly have a vantage point, where my son could be seen laying on the ground, and a Sheriff’s Deputy can be seen pulling up and performing life saving measures. Mr. Koprovic, if the facts bear as they seem, then turned around, drove towards the incident, where he could possibly see my son laying on the ground, and the heroic Sheriff’s Deputy trying to save my son. For reasons only known to Mr. Koprovic and maybe some people that were with him at his drinking establishment, earlier in that evening, he decided to leave the scene rather than do the compassionate, caring, selfless human being thing. I’m not judging because nobody knows what they would have done, but I would like to think they would want to answer for what they did…Since the incident Mr. Koprovic seems to be in self preservation mode and not doing the right thing. There is no reason for us or the court to think that is going to change…”
The heroic Deputy that Mr. Mingilino was referring to is Deputy Korin Bourdo, a two-year veteran of the department.
Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney Daniel Tombasco in Court Today asked for a $15,000 cash bond.
Koprovic’s attorney, Mark Richards asked for a $7,500 cash bond, arguing that Koprovik is innocent.
“My client did not believe he hit a person, he went back to see what he hit, he did not notice it. He went home, he’s went into work, he’s done everything. He saw the pictures on social media, he realized, that his car was involved in the accident, and he brought himself, with his son to the Sheriff’s Department and turned himself in,” said Richards, the lead attorney for Kyle Rittenhouse. Richards asked for a $7,500 bail.
Kenosha County Circuit Court Commissioner William Michel II in Court Today, set a $75,000 cash bail saying that this case is very serious and resulted in a death.
Koprovic is due back in court on July 6, 2023 at 8am for his preliminary hearing.