UPDATE: 5 years in prison for deadly bike crash

UPDATE: A woman accused of driving drunk and killing a dentist who was biking in western Wisconsin has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Robert Tschabrun

UPDATED Thursday, April 10, 2014 --- 1:08 p.m.

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (AP) -- A woman accused of driving drunk and killing a dentist who was biking in western Wisconsin has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Twenty-eight-year-old Krista Holler of Cadott earlier pleaded guilty to homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle in the death of Robert Tschabrun. The dentist was killed last June while riding his bike near Stanley. A passer-by discovered the body of the 71-year-old man in a ditch along with Holler's abandoned car.

Chippewa County Circuit Judge James Babler also ordered Holler Thursday to serve five years of extended supervision after her prison time. Babler told Holler that Tschabrun's death wasn't an accident, it was a homicide because Holler chose to get behind the wheel after drinking that night.

The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram (http://bit.ly/1lTkirQ ) says Holler tearfully apologized for her actions.

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UPDATED Friday, January 24, 2014 --- 9:00 a.m.

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (AP) -- A woman accused of striking and killing a dentist biking in western Wisconsin has pleaded guilty.

Twenty-seven-year-old Krista Holler of Cadott entered the plea to one count of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle in the death of Robert Tschabrun. The dentist was struck and killed last June while riding his bike near Stanley. A passer-by discovered the body of the 71-year-old man in a ditch along with an abandoned car.

WQOW-TV reports investigators said Holler had been drinking at a tavern before she struck the victim.

Three other counts were dismissed as a result of Holler's plea, but will be read into the record when she's sentenced April 10. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Friday, September 13, 2013 --- 6:54 p.m.

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (AP) -- A woman accused of striking and killing a western Wisconsin dentist biking near Stanley has pleaded not guilty.

Twenty-seven-year-old Krista Holler of Cadott is charged in Chippewa County Court with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle.

Holler is accused in the death of Robert Tschabrun. Tschabrun was struck and killed June 1 while riding his bike. A passer-by discovered the body of the 71-year-old dentist in a ditch along with an abandoned car.

The Leader-Telegram (http://bit.ly/1gbdpL0 ) reports Holler was in court Friday for a preliminary hearing.

Witnesses say Holler had been drinking at a tavern and a bonfire before she left. After the accident she called a friend to pick her up, but didn't contact law enforcement.

Holler's driving license was suspended at the time of the crash.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Friday, June 7, 2013 --- 8:41 a.m.

STANLEY, Wis. (AP) -- As a western Wisconsin dentist who loved biking is laid to rest, a woman has been arrested on possible charges of driving drunk and killing him.

Dr. Robert Tschabrun was struck and killed Saturday while riding his bike northwest of Stanley. A passerby discovered the body of the 71-year-old dentist in a ditch along with a nearby abandoned car.

A 27-year-old rural Cadott woman was arrested Thursday, booked into the jail, posted bond and has been released. The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram (http://bit.ly/15H02yl ) says Chippewa County District Attorney Steve Gibbs says he's asking for a special prosecutor to handle the case because the woman is related to an area law enforcement officer.

A funeral service for Tschabrun will be held at Faith Evangelical Free Church in Stanley Friday afternoon.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Tuesday, June 4, 2013 --- 11:21 a.m.

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (AP) -- Chippewa County sheriff's officials say a woman who struck and killed a bicyclist last weekend was drinking at a bar before the crash and has a lengthy record of traffic offenses.

Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk says there's no evidence the driver took any action to avoid striking 71-year-old Robert Tschabrun as he biked near Stanley early Saturday. A passer-by found the body of the longtime Stanley dentist in a ditch and the driver's abandoned vehicle nearby. Authorities say the light on Tschabrun's helmet was still flashing and pieces of his bike were scattered nearby.

The sheriff tells the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram the driver called a friend and asked to be picked up at the crash site and taken back to the bar near Boyd. No charges have been filed.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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