Man accused in death of Lake Mills firefighter no longer facing homicide charge

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV)--- The man police said hit and killed a Lake Mills Fire Captain on The Beltline on New Year’s Eve was in court on Thursday morning for his initial court appearance.

Samuel Patrick Cremers

28-year-old Samuel Cremers is now charged with knowingly operating a vehicle with a suspended license, causing death. Cremers is no longer facing a homicide charge.

Officials said on New Year’s Eve, Captain Chris Truman stopped on The Beltline to help another car that spun out when Cremers hit him. Truman was a firefighter for 13 years. The last eight years he was a captain with the Lake Mills Fire Department. Before that he worked for the Cambridge Fire Department.

Cremers lawyers have pointed out that the weather was poor the night of the crash, and that his breathalyzer test was below the legal limit.

This new charge would carry up to six years in prison.

Cremers is schedule to have his preliminary hearing on March 27 at 1:15 p.m.