The 64-year old man facing charges in the crash that killed a New Baltimore reserve police officer has terminal liver cancer and has been told he only has days to live.
Gerald Belcher of Chesterfield Twp. appeared in court on Thursday where a judge granted his attorney's request for an adjournment in proceedings while Michigan State police continue investigating the accident.
33-year-old Patrick Wisniewski, a married father of five children, was hit and killed while riding his motorcycle on Jefferson Avenue near 21 Mile in Chesterfield Township. Police say Belcher was driving on a suspended license and was intoxicated when he turned in front of Wisniewski's motorcycle.
Belcher has been charged with operating with a license suspended causing death and operating while intoxicated causing death and is being held in the Macomb County Jail on $250,000 bond.
Defense Attorney David Pietroski says Belcher was told on April 1 that he had inoperable liver cancer and at that time was given roughly 90 days to live. Pietroski says the judge also granted a request that the matter of bond be reviewed in hopes of getting Belcher treatment for pain for his cancer. Treatment which the attorney says his client is not currently receiving in jail. A future court date was not set.
A funeral for Patrick Wisniewski was held in New Baltimore last weekend.