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Police: Driver was drunk in crash that killed Fitchburg woman

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AMES, ANN MARIE
March 12, 2013

— A Janesville man had a blood-alcohol concentration of more than twice the legal limit when his truck smashed head-on into a car last week near Janesville, killing a Fitchburg woman and injuring a Janesville woman, according to police reports.

Bruce R. Hohenstein, 54, of 2122 Afton Road, Janesville, was charged Monday with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and causing injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle.

Rock County Court Commissioner Charles Holznecht set Hohensteinís bond at $2,000 cash.

Hohenstein had been in police custody at Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center, Janesville, where he was being treated for injuries suffered in the crash, according to the criminal complaint.

He was released Saturday from the hospital and taken to the Rock County Jail, according to jail records.

Emergency responders were dispatched around 4 p.m. March 3 to Afton Road at Highway 11 in Janesville.

A police officer found Amy K. Johnson, 33, Fitchburg, dead in the drivers seat of her Saturn Ion. The officer found Paige Morfey, 20, Janesville, breathing and semi-conscious in the passenger seat, according to the complaint.

Emergency workers extricated Hohenstein from his pickup truck.

A paramedic asked if Hohenstein had been drinking, and Hohenstein said, ďa little,Ē according to the complaint.

When Hohenstein was admitted to the hospital at 4:30 p.m., his blood-alcohol concentration was 0.18, according to the complaint.

Morfey told police she hadnít been looking at the road until moments before the crash. As the car approached the bridge over Highway 11, she realized a northbound pickup truck was coming directly at them in the southbound lane.

Morfey was hospitalized with a broken ankle, a broken clavicle, a broken nose and numerous cuts.

A preliminary hearing has been set for Tuesday, April 9, according to court documents.



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