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No criminal charges filed in fatal crash

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Gazette Staff
April 9, 2008
— Rock County District Attorney David O’Leary will not file criminal charges in the Sept. 12 crash that killed a Janesville woman.

The Wisconsin State Patrol accident reconstruction report shows that both drivers were at fault, according to a release from the district attorney’s office.


Darren Miller, 21, Janesville, was driving east on Milwaukee Street at 55 to 63 mph when his vehicle “T-boned” a car driven by Marguerite Bladorn, 49, Janesville. Although Miller was speeding, Bladorn was partly to blame because she failed to yield when turning left onto Milwaukee Street from Wuthering Hills Drive, according to the release.


Miller’s excess speed and Bladorn’s failure to yield “were both significant causal factors in the crash,” the release stated.


Intoxication was not a factor in the crash.


To charge homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle, prosecutors must prove a defendant caused the death of another person by the negligent use of a vehicle. Criminal negligence is defined as “ordinary negligence to a high degree…”


Because the state patrol concluded both parties contributed to the crash, the prosecution cannot meet its burden to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that either party was criminally negligent, the release stated.



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