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January 2013 Archives

Drunk driver will spend two years in jail after fatal crash

Earlier this month, a sentence was handed down against a 28-year-old Wisconsin man who was driving under the influence and caused a car accident in Wheaton in June 2010. The crash resulted in the death of the man's 26-year-old passenger. Two others were seriously injured in the crash.According to a criminal complaint, the driver's blood alcohol level was 0.131 at the time of the accident. Records show that the man was driving when his Pontiac GTO hit a tractor-trailer that was traveling southbound before crashing into a Mazda 6 that was traveling northbound.

Injured in a hit-and-run accident? Your options may be limited.

 Simply having the liability insurance mandated by the state of Wisconsin is not enough to protect cautious drivers in some circumstances. When a negligent driver flees the scene of an accident he or she caused, the cost of medical bills and auto repairs or replacement fall on the party who was not at fault. It seems unfair, but a hit-and-run motor vehicle accident could leave the injured party without recourse to the law, unless the at-fault driver is caught. A collision policy or riders on the liability policy can help with costs so it is important understand your particular policy. Liability insurance only covers damages to others that result from the policy-holder's actions. It is impossible to bring a lawsuit against or receive any type of compensation from the missing, at-fault party unless you have the right insurance coverage. Financial hardship resulting from hit-and-run accidents may be mitigated in a couple of ways, but there is no substitute for collision insurance, or locating the hit-and-run driver and holding him or her responsible for damages.

Teenager detained for allegedly shoplifting dies outside store

About a month ago, a Wisconsin high school student was shopping at a convenience store in West Allis when he was confronted by three other customers who eventually detained him for the police. The student, 16, was accused of stealing bottles of alcohol by placing them inside his backpack. The teenager resisted the customers, and a scuffle ensued -- an incident that may have resulted in a wrongful death of the student. The customers were taken in for police questioning.Police officers responding to the shoplifting call did not expect to see the assailant being restrained by three other customers. Initially, they began to arrest the teen. Officers then saw that he had stopped breathing, so they removed the handcuffs and began CPR procedures. The teenager was temporarily revived, but died about two weeks later in the hospital while on life support. The official cause of death has not been released.

Chippewa County wrongful death tubing case settled

On June 25, 2011, a 29-year-old Eau Claire father died in a tubing accident near Holcombe Dam. The victim was riding in a commercially-made tube pulled by a boat, when the tube hit one of the concrete pillars located under County M. At the time, the boat was occupied by the 14-year-old driver and three adult passengers. Wisconsin law allows a child of at least 12 years of age to operate a boat as long as he or she has successfully completed a boat safety course. The driver of the boat had successfully completed the required course prior to the day of the accident. The victim's family filed a wrongful death suit, claiming negligence of the driver and three other individuals. The boat's owner was not named in the suit.

Menasha woman bitten by dog

Cases involving dog bites are often complicated, especially when the dog is roaming loose in public or when the owner cannot be identified. The Menasha police are asking for the public's help in identifying a dog that bit a woman and whose owner has not yet been identified.The incident occurred near Nicolet Boulevard and Lopas Street when a 42-year-old woman who was walking was bitten on her hand by a dog. The dog is said to be a pit bull mix with black and light brown fur and was being walked by a man in his 30s. The owner was said to be a white man wearing black running pants and an Under Armour jacket. The dog and its owner have not yet been identified, but Menasha police are hoping that someone will recognize the description of the dog or owner and come forward. There is no report on the woman's condition at this time.

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