NEW INFORMATION: Holler free on bond after arrest in deadly crash

By: WEAU 13 News Staff and AP Email
By: WEAU 13 News Staff and AP Email

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) – The woman accused of driving a car that hit and killed a dentist during the weekend is out of jail on bond after turning herself in Thursday morning.

Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk says $5,000 cash was posted for Krista Holler, 27, of Cadott. She left the Chippewa County Jail Thursday afternoon.
Kowalczyk says the department made contact with Holler’s mother Thursday morning, asking for an interview with Holler. She said that her daughter had retained a lawyer. Her lawyer called later, saying Holler would turn herself in. Holler arrived at the sheriff’s department, and her lawyer turned down an interview with investigators. She was then put in the Chippewa County Jail. The sheriff says his department was prepared to arrest Holler today if she hadn’t turned herself in.

Holler appeared in court with her attorney for a bond hearing Thursday morning.

Court records do not show any charges against Holler in the case. The sheriff does not anticipate more arrests in the case in the immediate future, but is planning to conduct other follow-up interviews.

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TOWN OF DELMAR, Wis. (WEAU)--The Chippewa County Sheriff says the woman believed to be driving the car that hit and killed a dentist over the weekend, had been at a bar before the crash.

Sheriff Jim Kowalcyck says investigators believe alcohol was a factor in the crash but are still waiting for results of a blood draw. He says 27 year-old Krista Holler is not in custody and has not been arrested. He says she is cooperating with investigators.

71 year-old Robert Tschabrun, who was a dentist in Stanley, was killed in the crash.

Deputies say Holler told them a friend picked her up from the scene and that she did not call for help. Holler has several traffic offenses in Eau Claire and Chippewa Counties dating back to 2006.

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TOWN OF DELMAR, Wis. (WEAU)--We are learning more about the man who was hit and killed while riding his bike North West of Stanley Saturday (6/2) morning.

Robert Tschabrun had lived and worked as a dentist in Stanley for more than a decade. He was killed on CO HWY G just north of 100th Ave. Deputies say a person passing by reported seeing a car abandoned and a man in the ditch.

Deputies say Tschabrun was pronounced dead at the scene.
Deputies say a car was found at the scene with damage to the windshield a few feet away. They later found out Krista Holler, 27 was the driver of the car.

She told deputies that a friend picked her up from the scene and that she did not call for help. Deputies say no arrest has been made yet and the crash is under investigation.

For the people of Stanley who knew and worked with Tschabrun, the loss is hitting hard.

"Dr. Tschabrun was very personable; he loved his patients, the community and bicycling. He was the first one to step up and help someone this tragedy people can't believe it," coworker Donna Manley said.

Manley says friends and family are working on funeral arrangements and are using each other as support.

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DELMAR, Wis. (WEAU) -- Deputies are investigating a deadly crash in Chippewa County after a driver hit and killed a bicyclist and left the scene.

It happened in the town of Delmar on Co. Hwy G, north of 100th Avenue around 5 a.m. Saturday.

Deputies say a passer-by reported seeing a car and a man in a ditch.

Investigators found 71-year-old Robert Tschabrun of Stanley dead in the ditch and bike parts scattered on the highway.

Deputies say a car with damage to the windshield was found a few feet away.

They later found out 27-year-old Krista Holler was the driver of the car.

She told deputies that a friend picked her up from the scene but she did not call police.

The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department is investigating.


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