UPDATE: 5 Years in Prison for Deadly Chippewa Falls Bike Crash

By: WSAW Staff/ Associated Press Email
By: WSAW Staff/ Associated Press Email

UPDATE: Thurs 12:46 PM, April 10, 2014

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (AP) -- A woman accused of driving drunk and killing a dentist who was biking in western Wisconsin has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Twenty-eight-year-old Krista Holler of Cadott earlier pleaded guilty to homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle in the death of Robert Tschabrun. The dentist was killed last June while riding his bike near Stanley. A passer-by discovered the body of the 71-year-old man in a ditch along with Holler's abandoned car.

Chippewa County Circuit Judge James Babler also ordered Holler Thursday to serve five years of extended supervision after her prison time. Babler told Holler that Tschabrun's death wasn't an accident, it was a homicide because Holler chose to get behind the wheel after drinking that night.

The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram says Holler tearfully apologized for her actions.

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UPDATE: Fri 5:04 PM, Sept 13, 2013

A 27-year-old Caddott woman accused of driving drunk and killing a man riding his bike, will head to trial.

Krista Holler appeared in Chippewa County Circuit Court Friday for a preliminary hearing. Judge James Babler ruled there is enough evidence for the case to head to trial.

Holler is charged with four felonies, three related to homicide with driving drunk, and one count of operating while suspended causing death.

Prosecutors say 71-year-old Robert Tschabrun was hit by a car and killed while riding his bike just outside of Stanley on June 1.

According to WEAU-TV, Holler did not report the crash to police.

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UDPATE: 6/7 at 10:31 a.m.

STANLEY, Wis. (AP) -- As a western Wisconsin dentist who loved biking is laid to rest, a woman has been arrested on possible charges of driving drunk and killing him.

Dr. Robert Tschabrun was struck and killed Saturday while riding his bike northwest of Stanley. A passerby discovered the body of the 71-year-old dentist in a ditch along with a nearby abandoned car.

A 27-year-old rural Cadott woman was arrested Thursday, booked into the jail, posted bond and has been released. The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram says Chippewa County District Attorney Steve Gibbs says he's asking for a special prosecutor to handle the case because the woman is related to an area law enforcement officer.

A funeral service for Tschabrun will be held at Faith Evangelical Free Church in Stanley Friday afternoon.

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ORIGINAL STORY: 6/4 at 2:36 p.m.

The Chippewa County Sheriff says the driver in a weekend car vs. bicycle accident took no action to avoid hitting the cyclist.

Robert Tschabrun, 71, was killed after he was hit by a car around 5 a.m. On Saturday morning. A passerby noticed the crash site nearly four hours later.

A preliminary investigation shows the driver, Krista Holler, of Cadott, was southbound on Highway G, about two miles northwest of Stanley, when she struck Tschabrun.

Reports said Tschabrun apparently was hit from behind. Authorities say the light on Tschabrun's helmet was still flashing when first responders arrived.

Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk tells the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram Holler called a friend and asked to be picked up at the crash site and taken back to a bar near Boyd.

Holler was located by authorities about six hours after the crash. According to the paper, Holler told deputies she struck a deer.

The crash is still under investigation. So far, no charges have been filed.


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