Clark Co. driver gets 3 years prison in crash that killed passenger

Courtesy: Clark County Sheriff's Office
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CLARK COUNTY, Wis. (WSAW) -- A 32-year-old Stanley man convicted of causing the death of his passenger Oct. 12, 2017 will spend three years in prison.

Jacob Person pleaded no contest Monday to knowingly operating while suspended, causing death. Pereson's most serious charge, homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, was dismissed in exchange for the plea.

According to a news release from the Clark County Sheriff's Office, a tractor was pulling a manure spreader and traveling west on Bridge Road when it tried to turn left onto Clark Avenue. As it was turning, the SUV, which was heading west, tried to pass the tractor. The SUV hit the front driver's side tractor tire and rolled several times. The passenger of the SUV was ejected.

Investigators said Person, and his passenger, 31-year-old Tasha Ley, were transported for their injuries. Ley died enroute to the hospital as result of her injuries.

The driver of the tractor was not hurt.

Deputies said speed and driver impairment appear to be factors in the crash. According to court documents, items related to heroin use were located at the crash scene.

Person will spend three years on probation following his release. He'll receive credit for 382 days already served.