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Wed Oct 13, 2021, 07:49 AM

Authorities recommend reckless homicide charges for Madison man in crash that killed 3 teens

MADISON, Wis. — Authorities are recommending several second-degree reckless homicide charges for a Madison man involved in a deadly crash that killed three high school students on Oct. 2.

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office identified the driver Tuesday as 30-year-old Eric N. Mehring. DCSO authorities said they’re recommending he be charged with three counts on each of following charges: second-degree reckless homicide, homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle, and homicide by negligent operation of a motor vehicle. Authorities also recommended one count of second-degree recklessly endangering safety.

DCSO authorities said they believe Mehring was drunk at the time of the crash and was driving at a high speed. Mehring was hospitalized after the crash and has not yet been medically cleared.

The three teens — Simon Bilessi, Jack Miller and Evan Kratochwill — died after Mehring crashed into the students’ vehicle on West Mineral Point Road. Bilessi was a senior at Madison West High School, and Miller and Kratochwill were seniors at Middleton High School.


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Wed Oct 13, 2021, 09:19 AM

1. My son knew these boys.

Horrible situation. Tragic for their families and friends.

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Wed Oct 13, 2021, 09:34 AM

2. The Wisconsin Tavern League is one reason

that Wisconsin lags in alcohol safety. Their office is a small building on the southeast corner of Fish Hatchery and the Beltline in Madison.

The other reason is because transportation costs such as Uber are high and enforcement against bars and other sellers is low.

As for myself, i believe i am 4 Years in the clear.

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Fri Oct 15, 2021, 10:05 AM

4. Driver in crash that killed 3 high school seniors had 3 times alcohol limit in blood

A man whose car smashed into another on Oct. 2, killing three teenagers in the town of Middleton, was driving with three times the legal limit of alcohol in his blood, a breath test found, according to a search warrant filed Thursday.

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday it recommended the Dane County District Attorney’s office file three counts of homicide by drunken driving, among several other felonies, against Eric N. Mehring, 30, of Madison. Mehring’s 2016 Jaguar is believed to have been traveling at high speed when it slammed into the back of a 2013 Chevy Cruze, sending that vehicle into a farm field where it became engulfed in flames and its three occupants died.

Mehring told investigators he was driving about 75 mph in the 45 mph zone before the crash, the search warrant states. The crash happened on West Mineral Point Road at Karls Court in the town of Middleton. It killed Madison West senior Simon Bilessi and Middleton seniors Evan Kratochwill and Jack Miller.

According to the search warrant filed in Dane County Circuit Court, a preliminary breath test found that Mehring had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.24 percent, three times the 0.08 percent limit for Wisconsin drivers. The breath test is not admissible in court, but it was among the facts set out in the search warrant to get a sample of Mehring’s blood, drawn in the emergency room during medical procedures at UW Hospital on Oct. 2.

According to the search warrant, Deputy Alex Fell spoke to Mehring while he was still in the driver’s seat of the Jaguar at the crash scene. Mehring said he was coming from a bar where he had one or two drinks. He said he was driving “above the speed limit” and hit his brakes “but it wasn’t quick enough,” according to the warrant.

At UW Hospital, after he was medically stabilized, Mehring told Fell he had two rum and Cokes. He estimated the speed he was driving was 75 mph in the 45 mph zone. Fell noted while talking with him Mehring’s eyes were “glossy and bloodshot.” At that point, Mehring submitted to the preliminary breath test, the warrant states.

Later, speaking to Sheriff’s Office Detective William Hendrickson, Mehring again said he was going “about 75” and said he was “very comfortable” with that estimate, according to the warrant. When Hendrickson asked Mehring why he was going so fast, he said, “overconfidence.”

The Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday that Mehring would remain at the hospital to recover from his injuries.


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