UPDATE: Conviction in Lafayette Co. drunken driving death

UPDATED Thursday, October 10, 2013 --- 9:26 a.m.

DARLINGTON, Wis. (AP) -- A jury in Lafayette County has convicted a man in the drunken driving death of a passenger in his car.

Twenty-four-year-old Kyle Monahan has been found guilty of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and two other felonies in the 2011 crash that killed 21-year-old Rebecca Cushman, of Dixon.

Prosecutors say Monahan was driving his Saab at a high rate of speed near Shullsburg when the car left the road and rolled several times. Both Monahan and Cushman were thrown from the vehicle. The State Journal says Cushman was pronounced dead at the scene, while Monahan was taken by helicopter to a hospital.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


UPDATED Wednesday, October 9, 2013 --- 4:09 p.m.

A Lafayette Co. jury has convicted a Shullsburg man on three counts of vehicular homicide.

According to the Attorney General's Office, Kyle Monahan was convicted of Homicide by Intoxicated Use of a Vehicle, Homicide While Operating a Vehicle with a Prohibited Alcohol Concentration, and Homicide by Negligent Operation of a Vehicle after a seven-day trial.

The charges stemmed from an August 2011 crash in Lafayette Co. that left 21-year old Rebecca Cushman dead.

Monahan is set to be sentenced on January 23, 2014.


Posted: Sunday, August 21, 2011, 1:58 a.m.

A young woman has died and one man is seriously injured after a car crash in Lafayette County.

It happened on Dunbarton Road, about one mile east of the city of Shullsburg in southwest Wisconsin.

Police said 21-year-old Rebecca Cushman was in the car when the driver lost control at high speeds and struck a creek embankment.

Cushman was ejected from the car and pronounced dead at the scene.

Another person, 21-year-old Kyle Monahan, was also ejected and sent to the hospital via MedFlight.

Police said neither person was wearing a seat belt.

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