Tomah man facing negligent homicide charges after 2020 fatal crash
MONROE COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) - A Tomah man is facing negligent homicide charges after a fatal crash in 2020.
A criminal complaint shows 64-year-old Wade Streeter is facing charges of homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle, reckless driving causing great bodily harm, and reckless driving causing great bodily harm.
According to the criminal complaint, on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 around 10:42 a.m., dispatch informed authorities that there was a car vs. semi crash with occupants entrapped at State Highway 131 and County Highway A in Wilton Township. Deputies said that there two passengers entrapped in the vehicle.
A passenger in Streeter’s car was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to the criminal complaint, Streeter said in an interview he was driving westbound on County Highway A across State Highway 131 and was seat belted in the car when he was struck. Streeter said there was a horse and buggy in his lane of traffic, a truck driving northbound on State Highway 131 up the hill to his left, he slowed down for a horse and buggy in his lane and was going to pass them by going around them, but that was the last thing he remembered. Streeter said he was the only one that saw the horse and buggy in his lane. Streeter said he wasn’t going fast at all, but he was moving when he was struck. Also in the interview, Streeter said he came to a complete stop at the stop sign on County Highway A, saw a truck or semi coming from his left, looked right and didn’t see anything, so he drove across State Highway 131. Streeter said he probably was driving fast because he was trying to beat the semi that was driving north. He then said he had to slow down though for the buggies in his lane, but then said maybe that was a different day he slowed down for buggies and he couldn’t remember. He said he couldn’t remember and that his head was scrambled. Streeter then said he knows he stopped though and took “off quick because of that other car coming up the hill.”
Streeter is due in court Dec. 20, 2022.
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