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Wisconsin woman pleads not guilty in fatal drunk driving car crash

You might remember that back in October, we shared information with you about a horrific car accident that took the lives of three Wisconsin family members.

The crash was far from La Crosse, on the other side of the state, near Two Rivers.

A 44-year-old woman has been charged with three felony counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle in the case. She's accused of slamming her van into a 79-year-old man, his wife, 75, and their daughter, 48, killing all three as they stood outside a home.

The driver's son, just six years old, sustained a tear of his aorta in the Oct. 11 wreck. His mother's blood-alcohol content was measured afterwards at 0.209 percent, more than double the legal threshold in Wisconsin.

The three family members had been standing in the yard of the elderly couple's son, who was having work done on his roof.

The son was there at the time his family members were hit by the runaway van and killed by what law enforcement officials said was blunt force trauma.

The van went speeding off the road, through a ditch and then the yard, hit the three people and then continued on before slamming into a tree.

The man who witnessed the deaths of his family members was described as "very traumatized" at the time.

It must be difficult for him to this day to absorb the events of that day. There was no word in the news article we read that indicated whether or not he is pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver.

Source: Green Bay Press-Gazette: "Manitowoc woman accused of killing 3 while driving drunk pleads not guilty," April 17, 2012

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