WEAU | Eau Claire, Wisconsin | News, Weather, & Sports

Driver in deadly snowmobile crash arrested

BALSAM LAKE, Wis. (WEAU) - The driver of the snowmobile involved in a deadly crash on Wednesday is accused of being drunk when it happened.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office says Nicholas Krenz, 21, of St. Croix Falls was arrested at the scene of the crash for for operating a snowmobile while intoxicated. Investigators say two snowmobiles were going north on Bone Lake around 10 p.m. Wednesday. They were going between islands and the shore. That's when one of the snowmobiles hit an ice fishing shack. A 20-year-old woman who was riding with Krenz ended up with severe head injuries and died at the scene. A report to dispatch said that she was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Her name hasn't been released. Krenz wasn't hurt.

As of Thursday morning, no criminal charges had been filed in the case.


WEAU 13 NEWS 1907 S. Hastings Way Eau Claire, WI 54701 By Phone: Main Number (715) 835-1313 and (715) 832-3474. Tip Line (715) 839-WEAU - (715) 839-9328 Sports Line (715) 852-1537
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 240531231 - weau.com/a?a=240531231