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Fort Atkinson man faces homicide charge in June death

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Darryl Enriquez
November 19, 2010
— A Fort Atkinson man was charged Thursday with homicide by reckless use of a vehicle in the June 1 death of an Evansville woman.

Jesse S. Grenier, 32, was driving a semitrailer truck hauling milk on a foggy morning when he sped through a controlled intersection and collided with a pickup truck driven by Elizabeth Shults of Evansville.


According to the criminal complaint:


A McHenry County, Ill., coroner's report indicates Shults died of severe head and neck injuries, suffered when her pickup became pinned beneath the semi.


The impact happened in Wisconsin on County K at State Line Road, but the vehicles slid 200 feet into Illinois. McHenry County had jurisdiction over Shults' body, and Walworth County has control over the prosecution.


Grenier told investigators he was traveling south on County K at about 55 mph when he saw a stop sign at the intersection.


Grenier said he slowed but realized he wouldn't be able to stop. He didn't see any other vehicles in the fog and accelerated into the intersection at about 35 mph, thinking he would be able to get through safely.


Grenier said he felt an impact, stopped his semi and called 911.


The Wisconsin State Patrol said the computer in Grenier's truck showed he was doing 51 mph about one second before the crash.


Grenier is expected to appear in Walworth County Court at 3 p.m. Monday for a preliminary hearing before Judge Robert Kennedy.



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