Reckless homicide charges filed against Necedah man

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

A Necedah man was recently charged with second-degree reckless homicide and jailed following a fatal crash in November 2012. If the 31-year-old is convicted, he could be sentenced to up to 25 years in prison because of his role in the auto accident, which occurred in the city of Lemonweir north of 47th Street on 15th Avenue and claimed the life of the passenger in the vehicle he was driving.

Neither the driver nor his passenger, a 28-year-old woman, was wearing a seat belt at the time of the incident, and both were ejected from the vehicle; these details were later ascertained by an accident reconstruction team, who used evidence that included tire marks left behind at the scene to additionally determine that the man had been driving at around 90 miles per hour when he failed to stop at a stop sign.

The Necedah man said he had no memory of how the accident happened, but he remembered driving the car. He was treated by first responders at the scene. The woman remained conscious, but she was not able to communicate. After being transported to Mile Bluff Medical Center, she was flown to Madison’s University of Wisconsin Hospital, where she later died from internal injuries.

If the Necedah man’s reckless driving led to the tragic death of his passenger as the evidence seems to indicate, he may be held accountable for his negligence. The woman may have left behind a partner or family, and the pain and suffering they are experiencing is something that may affect them for the rest of their lives. A knowledgeable personal injury lawyer may be able to help surviving families and partners in similar situations get compensation for their suffering, funeral expenses and medical expenses by holding the negligent party liable for his or her actions.

Source: Juneau County Star Times, “Necedah man charged in car-crash death of Mauston woman,” Peter Rebhahn, Feb. 5, 2013