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No charges filed in crash that killed teenage boy

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Ted Sullivan
September 4, 2008
— Criminal charges will not be filed against the driver of a vehicle that fatally struck a 13-year-old boy on a bicycle.

“It was definitely a tragic, tragic accident, without a doubt,” Bloomfield Police Chief Lloyd Cole said.


Troy Kozbiel died Aug. 4 at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Wauwatosa after getting hit at 12:50 p.m. the previous day by Wasyl K. Dobrowolskyj, 80, who was driving his car at the intersection of Greenview and Park roads.


Greenview and Park roads merge with Hillside Boulevard at an uncontrolled intersection.


The awkward intersection contributed to the wreck, Cole said.


Walworth County District Attorney Phil Koss reviewed the police reports stemming from the crash and recommended against criminal charges, according to a letter he wrote to the Bloomfield Police Department.


Dobrowolskyj had no alcohol or illicit substances in his system at the time of the crash, Koss said, and speed was not a factor.


The driver was going 20 mph, Koss said, and shadows on the road might have hampered his visibility.


“Given all the factors as presented to me, I do not believe that we could prove beyond a reasonable doubt that criminal negligence took place,” Koss said in the letter.


Bloomfield police agree with the district attorney, Cole said, and the boy’s family has been notified of the decision.


The investigation into the incident is over, Cole said.


Troy enjoyed playing video games and the trombone, his family members said after the crash.


He also enjoyed fishing, carpentry and working on inventions and household projects, they said.



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