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March 2011 Archives

Brookfield teen could get 37 years for OWI causing wrongful death

At about 2:00 a.m. on March 11, a group of good Samaritans stopped to help an injured man who had been struck by a car at the intersection of South 33rd Street and West Lincoln Avenue in Milwaukee. As they stood in the street trying to render aid, a drunk driver plowed into them, killing one man and seriously injuring a woman. Now that drunk driver -- an 18-year-old girl from Brookfield -- is facing criminal charges for the car accident and wrongful death.

Northwestern Mutual Insurance: Bad faith with annuity payments

A judge in Racine has ruled that Milwaukee-based Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. was guilty of bad faith, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract when it unilaterally changed how customers' dividends would be paid on annuities it sold before 1985. According to the ruling, the insurance company switched the investment of the annuities into short-term bonds, and gave the customers interest payments on those bonds instead of annuity dividends, costing them hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Milwaukee dementia home cited for nursing home abuse in death case

Last March, an 85-year-old resident at Michele Home, a nursing home in Milwaukee that specializes in the treatment of people with dementia, was strangled to death by another resident. Now, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services has cited the nursing home for numerous safety violations, including failure to protect residents from physical abuse in connection with the man's wrongful death.

Wrong-way drunk driver causes St. Pat's Day car accident on I-43

It's tragic but true that drunk driving is often most pervasive on days of celebration. At 7:12 a.m. this morning, with St. Patrick's Day hardly begun, the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department responded to the holiday's first car accident caused by a drunk driver. No one was injured, which Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. said "defied all odds."

Former state senator Zien hurt in Florida motorcycle accident

Former Wisconsin state senator David A. Zien of Eau Claire was seriously injured yesterday morning in a motorcycle accident in Marianna, Florida, which is along the Florida Panhandle. He was listed in serious condition and was taken by helicopter to Tallahassee Memorial Medical Center.

Appleton man pleads guilty to charges in June DUI car accident

A 20-year-old man from Appleton was driving drunk on June 23 when he struck two pedestrians near Country USA and drove off, police say. The two women sustained serious injuries in the car accident. This week, the man agreed to plead no contest to two counts of causing injury while operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. In exchange, prosecutors agreed to drop two hit-and-run charges against him.

Two pedestrians hit, 1 dead in Cross Plains pickup truck accident

According to reports from the Cross Plains Police Department, two women were struck by a pickup truck as they were crossing the street with a friend on Friday evening. Both women were seriously injured in the pickup truck accident, and one of them, an 88-year-old woman, died from her injuries on Sunday morning.

Pedestrian killed in fatal car accident on Milwaukee's north side

In what appears to have been another tragic weather-related incident, a pedestrian was killed last night in a fatal car accident near Hopkins and Locust streets. The recent blizzards have caused innumerable wrecks throughout the region and left behind large piles of accumulated snow for both drivers and pedestrians to contend with. Unfortunately, as in this tragic case, the danger does not always pass with the storm.

Dane County teen gets prison for drunk-driving wrongful death

A Cross Plains teen whose drunk and drugged driving resulted in the wrongful death of a 28-year-old woman and serious injuries to her boyfriend has been sentenced to 3-1/2 years in prison. He pled no contest to vehicular homicide-DUI and DUI causing great bodily harm.

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