Merrill Woman Convicted in Fatal OWI Crash Posts Bond

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

A 26-year-old Merrill convicted of killing two women during a June 2012 drunk driving crash is free on $50,000 bond, after posting $10,000 in cash.

In May, Ashley Baumann was convicted of seven counts related to the fatal crash. The crash killed Jessica Hartwig, 33, and Misty Glisch, 31. A third passenger, Jerrica Woller was seriously injured.

The ruling was made Thursday during a motions hearing.

According to the criminal complaint, the surviving passenger warned Baumann about her reckless driving minutes before the fatal crash.

Woller told investigators she jumped out of the car at a stop sign on the corner of Mill Road and Heldt Street because she was so frightened at how fast Baumann was driving. Woller says Baumann told her she would drive safer, so she got back in. The fatal crash happened just minutes later.

Investigators say Baumann lost control of the vehicle and continued into a farm field at a high rate of speed.

The vehicle rolled several times and ejected Hartwig, Glisch and Baumann. Data retrieved from the car showed the vehicle was traveling at a rate of speed of 92-99 mph at 100 percent throttle in the seconds leading up to the crash.

Nearly four hours after the crash a blood draw was performed at the hospital to determine Baumann's blood alcohol concentration, which was found to be .157 by the state crime lab. It's nearly two times more than the legal limit for driving.

Baumann had been free on bond following the crash and during the duration of the trial, however, following the convictions on May 15, Judge Jay Tlusty revoked bond.

A sentencing date has been scheduled for August 20.

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