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Prosecutor Files Homicide Charges In Boy's Sledding Death

By: NewsCenter 13 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 13 Staff Email

The Trempealeau County man who investigators say hit and killed a young boy in rural Arcadia, is now facing alcohol-related charges.

Court records show 50-year-old Robert Kreibich, of Arcadia, is facing two charges of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, plus one charge of deadly hit and run and operating without a license.

A report from the State Hygiene Lab shows Kreibich had a blood alcohol level of .284 five hours after the hit and run.

On January 27th, deputies say 5-year-old Matt McKay was sledding down a hill in front of his home on Soppa Road when he went into the street.

Trempealeau County District Attorney, Jeri Marsolek, says the boy was trying to get up when Kreibich came down the road at a high speed and hit him.

According to the criminal complaint, a witness said Kreibich did not slow down after hitting McKay and just kept going.

"Kids dart out into traffic all the time,” Marsolek said. “They chase a ball, they are on bicycles, they go into traffic. Most drivers recognize that risk and respond to it. They hit their breaks, they swerve. In this particular case, we don't have any evidence that shows Kreibich slowed down or swerved at all."

The criminal complaint says deputies later found Kreibich at a farm just down the road, with a small bottle half-full of clear liquid in his pocket.

Marsolek says Kreibich was living in a camper inside a shed at that farm, and adds he would have had to drive past the McKay residence to get home from where he’d said he’d been.

Court records show Kreibich has been convicted of operating while intoxicated three times before and has had his driving privileges revoked since 2004.

We did stop at the McKay residence Tuesday. Matt’s grandfather told us the family does not want to comment, for fear of jeopardizing the investigation.

CLICK HERE to read the full press release from Trempealeau County District Attorney Jeri Marsolek.

CLICK HERE to read the entire criminal complaint against Robert Kreibich.

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CLICK HERE to read the original story and web comments about the fatal crash.


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