UPDATE: Sheriff: Suspected drunken driver in fatal crash had 9-year-old passenger

Published: Jul. 8, 2017 at 7:40 PM CDT
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The 29-year-old Tigerton woman accused of driving drunk during a fatal motorcycle crash Saturday, is in the Portage County Jail on $350,000 cash bond.

Billie Jo Mc Sherry, of Tigerton is facing charges of intoxicated use of a motor vehicle after she crossed the center line of Highway 49 Saturday and crashed into a motorcycle head-on, killing 48-year-old Robert Korhonen of Antigo.

Stacey Zarda, 25, from Antigo, who was riding on the motorcycle with Korhonen, was also critically injured in the crash.

According to the Portage County Sheriff's Department, Mc Sherry had a 9-year-old passenger in her vehicle at the time of the crash.

The car versus motorcycle crash happened around 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon in the Town of Alban on state Highway 49 north of Nerdahl Road.

Korhonen and Zarda were thrown from the motorcycle. Korhonen died at the scene. Zarda was airlifted to Aspirus hospital with critical injuries.

Mc Sherry and her 9-year-old passenger were treated for non-life threatening injuries and were released from Saint Michael's Hospital.

Cass Cousins the Assistant District Attorney for Portage County said Mc Sherry will most likely face multiple felony charges including homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle.

"The defendant in this case told law enforcement that she did not mean for this to happen, but when you drink as much as she did and hospital records indicated that her blood alcohol level was as high as a .30 it becomes less clear," said Cousins.

Mc Sherry is expected to be formally charged July 24.

The crash remains under investigation.