Sentencing Pushed Back for Driver in Double Fatal OWI Crash

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

Sentencing for a 26-year-old Merrill woman convicted of killing two women during a June 2012 drunk driving crash has been pushed back until November 4. The original sentencing hearing date had been scheduled for August 20.

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.

On June 5, Baumann was released on bond following the conviction. She is free on $50,000 bond, after posting $10,000 in cash.

According to jail records Baumann has served 23 days in jail.

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.

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