UPDATE: 10-year Sentence in Fatal OWI Crash

UPDATED Friday, January 25, 2013 --- 11:36 a.m.

WAUTOMA, Wis. (AP) -- A Berlin man has been sentenced to ten years in prison for a fatal drunken driving crash.

Prosecutors say Max Winkel had a blood alcohol level twice the legal limit for driving when he crashed into another car in September 2011 and drove off.

Devlin Klein was killed in the crash. Two others were injured.

WLUK-TV says the 20-year-old Winkel was sentenced in Waushara County Circuit Court Thursday.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


Posted: Monday, September 5, 2011 --- 5:11p.m.

Release from Waushara County Sheriff's Office:

Crash #1:
At 4:15 am on 9/4/11 the Waushara County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a traffic crash on STH 21 at CTH XX in the Town of Aurora. Responding officers located a blue 1984 AMC Encore with 3 occupants in the corn field on the southeast corner of the intersection. No other vehicle was found at the scene, but evidence indicated that another vehicle had been involved. The driver of the car was identified as Austin Page 17 yoa from rural Berlin Wisconsin. Chase Rogers 17 yoa from Berlin and Devlin Klein 17 yoa from Poy Sippi Wisconsin were identified as the passengers. Page and Rogers were taken to local medical facilities for treatment of the injuries as a result of the crash. Klein was pronounced deceased as a result of injuries suffered in the crash by the Waushara County Coroner at the scene.

Crash #2:
At 4:23 am on 9/4/11 the Waushara County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a traffic crash on CTH XX at 34th Ave. in the Town of Aurora. Responding officers located a red 1998 Dodge Ram 2500 with 2 occupants that had left the road and came to rest on top of a large rock after striking 2 trees. The occupants were identified as Max Winkel 19 yoa and Zachary Streblinski 18 yoa from the Berlin, Wisconsin area. Winkel was transported to a local medical facility for treatment of injuries suffered in the crash. Streblinski was treated at the scene. The driver has not been positively identified. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.

Additional information:
Evidence recovered during the investigation of these crashes indicated that the vehicle in crash #2 was involved in crash #1 also. Initial investigation revealed that both of these vehicles and the occupants had left a party at a private residence where alcohol had been available.

These crashes and the party remain under investigation by the Waushara County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Wisconsin State Patrol. All information will be forwarded to the Waushara County District Attorney’s Office at the conclusion of the investigation for his review.

This is the 5th fatality in a Waushara County traffic crash in 2011.

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