Auto Accident Lawyer in Wausau: Sheboygan Teen Faces Felony Charges
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A 19-year-old Kayla Bower of Sheboygan has been charged in Sheboygan County Circuit Court with five felonies, including homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle. Bower allegedly drove drunk and hit three pedestrians at about 11 p.m. on August 6th, following the Brat Days festival.
According to the criminal complaint, Bower was leaving Brat Days when her car struck three women, who were walking in a marked crosswalk on North 17th Street at Niagara Avenue.
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Bower admitted she had been drinking before going to the festival. She told police she panicked and drove off, then abandoned her vehicle a few blocks away from where the crash occurred and ran home, where a police officer was waiting for her.
One victim, 60-year-old Barbara J. Janke, of Sheboygan, died of her injuries two days later. Janke’s daughter, Marissa C. Mallman, 19, and a friend Katrina N. Lulow, 19, who is five months pregnant, were also injured. Both have been released from the hospital.
Mallman told police she and the other women had checked for traffic several times before attempting to cross North 17th Street and did not see any vehicles approaching. Witnesses told police they saw a vehicle (apparently Bower’s) traveling on 17th Street with no headlights on and then saw two bodies fly over the top of the vehicle. They said the vehicle never slowed down.
Bower was charged with three felony counts of hit and run, with separate charges for causing great bodily harm, injury and death; two felony counts of intoxicated use of a vehicle, with separate charges for causing injury and homicide; and one misdemeanor count of operating while intoxicated, causing injury. If convicted, Bower could be sentenced to nearly 50 years in prison.
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