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December 2012 Archives

Wisconsin boat operator pleads not guilty in deadly crash

A 22-year-old man charged with DUI in a boating accident that killed a passenger has pled not guilty to the charges. The crash occurred on Castle Rock Lake in July, when the defendant was driving a boat after partying. He was allegedly drinking at the time and ran into a bridge pillar, killing a male passenger. A blood alcohol test registered the driver's BAC at .13 percent at the hospital following the crash.The driver is charged with homicide as well as intoxicated operation of a boat. When he was brought into court to enter a plea, he remained silent, and the judge eventually entered a not-guilty plea on behalf of the defendant. There is no information at this point on a possible bond for the driver or on the reason he refused to enter a plea.

Milwaukee man charged for driving wrong way on I-94

A 30-year-old Milwaukee resident was charged with driving in the wrong direction and causing an auto accident on Interstate 94. According to the complaint, the suspect was driving a car south in the northbound lanes in a portion of the interstate that had been closed to traffic. He collided with the back of an interstate worker's truck. The accident caused injuries to the man as well as two other people: an a passenger in the his vehicle and an interstate worker.Officers arriving on the scene noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming from the man. Despite his initial refusal to submit to a BAC test, the man was transported to a hospital and was held down by a trooper and five security officers to get the blood for the test. The man also claimed that he had not been driving, but both his brother and a witness told the police that he was driving the car.

Homicide dismissed in crash but wrongful death possibility remains

The dismissal of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle charges against a 42-year-old Green Bay motorcyclist may not be the final chapter in a story that began in a roadside ditch in Oconto County. The scene could shift next to a civil court if the family of the passenger who was killed chooses to pursue a wrongful death claim. An issue that may arise is whether the victim assumed the risk of injury by getting on the motorcycle with someone who might have been intoxicated. According to police, the motorcyclist admitted that he hit gravel and went into a ditch. The 39-year old female passenger died from multiple injuries. The police charged the motorcyclist with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle because he had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.118 percent at the time of the fatal accident. The legal limit blood alcohol concentration for driving in Wisconsin is 0.08 percent.

2 Superior residents injured in rear-end crash

Two people from Superior were injured when their car was rear-ended in a Duluth crash. Rear-end accidents are among the most common type of auto accidents and often involve whiplash-like injuries and other types of physical trauma. The crash took place on Martin Road in St. Louis County. The victim's car was slowing down to make a turn when the woman behind them failed to stop in time to avoid a collision. Both vehicles were totaled in the accident, and the victim's car was pushed off the road.

PBC Atty. Amy Risseeuw Selected As Rising Star By Wisconsin Super Lawyers

PBC attorney Amy Risseeuw has recently been selected for inclusion as a Rising Star on the 2012 Wisconsin Super Lawyers publication of Milwaukee Magazine. 

PBC Atty. Dan Cross Selected As Wisconsin Super Lawyer

PBC attorney Dan Cross has recently been selected for inclusion on the 2012 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list, published by Milwaukee Magazine. Only 5% of attorneys in Wisconsin are chosen each year for inclusion as a Super Lawyer. 

PBC Atty. Avi Berk Selected As Wisconsin Super Lawyer

PBC attorney Avi Berk has recently been selected for inclusion on the 2012 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list, published by Milwaukee Magazine. Only 5% of attorneys in Wisconsin are chosen each year for inclusion as a Super Lawyer. 

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