NEW INFORMATION: Driver suspected in hit-and-run crash with buggy charged

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BARRON, Wis. (WEAU) - The semi driver accused of rear-ending a buggy Wednesday night, injuring five people, now faces a criminal charge in the case.

On Friday, prosecutors filed a charge of Hit and Run - Great Bodily Harm against Brian Holst, 40, of Chetek. Court records show that a judge set his bond at $50,000 cash on Friday.

We'll have more on this story tonight on WEAU 13 News at 5.


BARRON COUNTY, Wisc. (WEAU) - A family of five, with three young girls, was rushed to the hospital after a semi rear-ended its buggy.

Wayne Olson of Chetek said he knew something was wrong when he looked out his window to Highway SS Wednesday night. Deputies said a truck crashed into an Amish buggy, with a family of five inside.

"There was all kinds of emergency vehicle lights and several ambulances went by," Olson said.

"All five people were ejected out of the buggy and there were just pieces of the buggy all over the ditch," Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said.

Officers said the truck took off, without checking on the family, and someone passing by called for help.

The Lambright family was taken local hospitals with a range of injuries.

Lorene Lambright was air lifted to an Eau Claire hospital and is listed in serious condition and her three girls, Marilyn, Luella, and Amanda, ages seven, eight and 10, were taken to hospitals in St. Paul. Their father, Felty Lambright was treated and released from a Bloomer hospital.

The sheriff's department said a tip helped them spot the truck, and then its driver, 40-year-old Brian Holst of Chetek. Fitzgerald said Holst confessed to the hit and run and was put into custody in the Barron County Jail.

"To leave a family, especially those three little girls alongside the road, not knowing what happened to them, both my wife and I were just sick about it when we heard it this morning," Olson said Thursday.

With Holst heading set to appear in court Friday, Fitzgerald and Olson said they hope others can learn from what happened here.

"You have to be aware that these buggies are on the road all the hours of the day. Then, especially at night. You don't really realize how slow they're going," Olson said.

"Just slow down, wait to pass them until you make sure it's clear, but give them some space also ... If you have an accident, stop. And report it, help us help the victims," Fitzgerald said.

"I know the Amish are very forgiving, I know that's part of their religion, but yet there's gotta be accountability, for what this person did," Olson said.


BARRON, Wis. (BARRON COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT NEWS RELEASE) - At approximately 8:30 am the Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a tip reporting that a Jennie-O truck may have been involved in the Hit and Run incident from Halloween night.

A Barron County Detective investigating the case followed up with Jennie-O and gathered information on a possible driver and suspect vehicle. The suspect vehicle was located at Jennie-O and identified as a 2009 Volvo Semi.

An interview was conducted with the driver of the truck Brian J Holst, 40 from Chetek and he confessed to hitting the buggy and leaving the scene. Brian is currently being held in the Barron County Jail on Felony counts of hit and run awaiting formal charges by the Barron County District Attorney.

The names of the victims in the crash are:
Lorene Lambright, 30 from Chetek transported to Bloomer Hospital
Felty Lambright, 31 from Chetek flown to Mayo in Eau Claire
Marilyn Lambright, 7 from Chetek transported to Mayo in Barron
Amanda Lambright, 10 from Chetek transported to Bloomer Hospital
Luella Lambright, 8 from Chetek transported to Mayo in Barron

We have no updates on the condition of any of the occupants other then what was released last night where there conditions ranged from Serious to Minor.

Per Chris Fitzgerald, Barron County Sheriff
(WEAU)-The Barron County Sheriff said the department made an arrest in this case Thursday morning.

He says the truck was found.

We'll have more on this story coming up on later newscasts and here on our website.
(WEAU) - Deputies in Chetek are still looking for a truck involved in a crash that sent five people to the hospital.

The Barron County Sheriff's Department says 2 adults and 3 kids are hurt, after a truck crashed into a buggy around 9:30 Wednesday night.

Deputies say the crash happened on Highway SS, south of Chetek.

Deputies say the truck hit the buggy, and then left the scene.

The department is now looking for a truck with dual rear tires and damage to the front end.

If you have any information you are asked to call police.