A first appearance date has been set for Melbourne chopper builder, Billy Lane.
William “Billy” Lane is scheduled to make his first appearance in front of Judge Majeeb on October 27, 2006 at 9:00 a.m. at the Moore Justice Center in Viera, Florida.
Billy Lane has been charged with DUI Manslaughter, DUI Serious Bodily Injury and Driving while License Suspended/Revoked With Serious Injury or Death stemming from a fatal crash on September 4th.
The victim, Gerald Morelock,56 of Melbourne Beach, Florida was killed instantly when the Dodge truck that Mr. Lane was driving struck him head-on while riding a 1983 Yamaha Motor Scooter. Witnesses have reported that they saw the 2006 black Dodge pickup cross over the double yellow lines southbound on Highway A1A in an attempt to pass two vehicles. Florida Highway Patrol troopers suspected that the collision was alcohol related on the night of September 4th, but had to wait until blood test came back from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Crime Lab before filing charges. Emergency paramedics have stated that they smelled alcohol coming from Lane as well.
Billy Lane turned himself in to the FHP on September 25th accompanied by his attorneys and was released 90 minutes later on a $15,000.00 bond. Mr. Lane is scheduled to appear in North Carolina on October 5th on alcohol related charges only weeks before his scheduled first appearance here in Florida. North Carolina Police reported Billy Lane was pulled over for driving on the wrong side of the highway, not wearing a helmet and refusing to submit to a BAC test. FHP Troopers also stated that Mr. Lane had refused to take the test on the night of the September 4th wreck. Troopers later took the blood test at the hospital where Billy Lane was treated and released for injury.