Man charged in crash that killed four people

Published: Nov. 3, 2016 at 4:19 AM CDT
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DANE COUNTY, Wis. (WMTV) -- The man accused of driving the wrong way on an interstate last month has been formally charged.

Brysen Wills of Waunakee faces 15 charges for the crash that killed four people on November 2nd.

In the complaint filed today, Wills faces four counts of Homicide by Intoxicated Use of Vehicle; four counts of Homicide by Use of Vehicle with a PAC; four counts of 2nd Degree Reckless Homicide; one count of Injury by Intoxicated Use of a Vehicle; one count of Injury by Use of Vehicle with a PAC; and one county of 2nd Degree Reckless Injury.

The crash happened on I-94 near Deerfield. Police say Wills was driving on the wrong side of the interstate while be chased by authorities.

Authorities say when they arrived the SUV turned around and headed against traffic, colliding with two cars.

Three passengers in one car were pronounced dead at the scene. They were identified as 26-year-old Katy Pasqualini of Milwaukee, 28-year-old Kimberly Radtke of Pewaukee and 26-year-old Clenton Hall of Waterloo. The driver suffered life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the other car died at the scene. He was identified as 23-year-old Patrick Wasielewski from Northbrook, Illinois.

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DANE COUNTY, Wis. (WMTV) -- Four people have died and two have life-threatening injuries following a three-car crash on eastbound I-94 near Deerfield.

According to a press release from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, the Wisconsin State Patrol responded to a report of an SUV driving erratically just before 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

When responding units tried to catch up to the SUV, it turned around in the eastbound lanes of I-94 and began driving against traffic, officials say. A responding trooper was nearly hit head on, but avoided the collision and continued pursuit.

"He missed me by a couple feet, the car in front of me he missed by inches," said Wisconsin State Trooper, Craig Morehouse.

Officials say the SUV then hit two sedans head on. Three passengers in one sedan were pronounced dead at the scene. They have been identified as 26 and 28-year-old females from Milwaukee and a 26-year-old male from Waterloo. The driver of that sedan. a 28-year-old male from Whitefish Bay, was extricated and flown to the hospital via Med Flight with life-threatening injuries.

"Cars were basically unrecognizable as cars," said Morehouse.

The driver and lone occupant of the second sedan, a 23-year-old male from Northbrook, Ill., was also pronounced dead at the scene, authorities say.

"I was trying to get into a position where I might have been able to stop the oncoming traffic but as I was doing that's when I caught up to him and that's when the crash happened," said Morehouse.

The driver of the SUV, a 32-year-old male from Waunakee, is in the hospital with critical injuries.

Officials say they suspect alcohol contributed to the crash, which is still under investigation. The names of the victims have not been released.

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