Woman charged with 2015 highway worker's death pleads not guilty

Published: Dec. 13, 2016 at 9:26 AM CST
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An 85-year-old Antigo woman charged with the 2015 death of a Lincoln County Highway worker has pleaded not guilty.

Marcus Wydeven, 50, of Tomahawk was killed July 14, 2015 when he was struck by a vehicle while holding a stop sign during a road construction project.

Mary Robinson is charged with homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle. Online court records show she would appear in court for a plea deal, however a deal was not reached Tuesday.

Investigators said the crash happened on Highway 17 near Smith Road northeast of Merrill around 2:30 p.m. Investigators said Robinson's vehicle went off the road and rolled over landing in a creek. Wydeven was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Robinson was also transported for unknown, non-life threatening injuries.

In court documents obtained by NewsChannel 7, three signs warning motorists that they were approaching a work zone had been posted north of the accident site. The criminal complaint also states Robinson was traveling 51-60 MPH when she was approaching Wydeven's location. Witnesses told investigators it did not appear that Robinson slowed down or braked before the accident.

Robinson is free on a $5,000 signature bond. She'll return to court Jan. 5 for a clerical co rut appearance.