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UPDATE: Man Charged in Taylor Co. Fatal Pedestrian Accident

By: WSAW Staff
By: WSAW Staff

UPDATE: Tues 3:43 PM, Jan. 7, 2014

A Rusk County man accused of hitting two men with his vehicle, killing one, is now charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, and operating while intoxicated.

James Winchel, 42, is in custody in the Taylor County Jail on $50,000 cash bond. Tuesday, a request was made to modify Winchel's bond to allow him to enter a treatment program, however, that request was denied.

Deputies say two hunters were standing near County Line Road near Miller Ave. west of Gilman when a single northbound vehicle hit them. Juan Salinas, 52, of Roscoe, Illinois was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash happened Nov. 29.

Fernando Salinas, 53, also of Roscoe, was initially listed in serious but stable condition at a Wausau hospital following the incident.

Winchel was also injured in the crash.

He will return to court March 14.

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UPDATE: Mon 7 p.m., Dec. 2, 2013

A Rusk County man is expected to be charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and operating while intoxicated causing injury after striking two people with his vehicle Nov. 29, killing one.

The crash happened around 5 p.m.

Deputies say two hunters were standing near County Line Road near Miller Ave. west of Gilman when a single northbound vehicle hit them. Juan Salinas, 52, of Roscoe, Illinois was pronounced dead at the scene.

Fernando Salinas, 53, also of Roscoe, is in serious but stable condition at a Wausau hospital.

Authorities say the suspect James Winchel of Sheldon, Wis. is in stable condition at an Eau Claire hospital.

The investigation remains ongoing, however deputies say speed and alcohol are believed to be factors in the crash.

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ORIGINAL STORY: Sat 2:28 PM, Nov. 30, 2013

The Taylor County Sheriff's Office says one hunter is dead and another injured after a car hit both of them near the intersections of Miller Avenue and County Line Road.

First responders located the accident close to the Town of Aurora and Pershing, nine miles west of the Village of Gilman.

Deputies say both hunters were standing on or near County Line Road when a single northbound vehicle traveling fast approached them. Both hunters were unable to get out of the path of the vehicle and were hit.

A 52-year-old male from Roscoe Illinois was pronounced dead at the scene. The other hunter, a 53-year-old male from Roscoe as well, was transported by helicopter to Aspirus Hospital in Wausau.

The driver of the vehicle, a 42-year-old Sheldon resident was taken to Luther Hospital in Eau Claire by helicopter.

The investigation continues including Taylor County authorities and the State Patrol.

At this time authorities are considering vehicle speed and alcohol as potential contributing factors. The names will not be released at this time.


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