Marinette Drunk Driver Kills 5
Posted by PKSD Law Firm on Mar 25, 2009 in Drunken Driving Accidents
A Marinette man who was charged with drunken driving now faces 21 additional charges of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle in the crash that killed a Wrightstown man and his four children.
According to police, Richard Powell, 39, spent nine hours at a bar before getting behind the wheel on January 18th. Powell was driving on U.S. 41 in Peshtigo when Joel Rivas and his four children pulled onto the highway. Powell said that he leaned over to change the radio station when he looked up and spotted Rivas car. He told authorities that he didn't have enought time to react. Mr. Rivas, 44, and his four children died in the accident. Mr. Rivas had three daughters and one son.
The new charges indicated that the two teens were pregnant, and the crash also killed the fetuses.
An accident reconstruction specialist said Powell was traveling somewhere around 80 mph in a 45 mph zone when he hit the Rivas.
In Wisconsin, speed defeats right of way. So, if you are speeding on the road and another car pulls out in front of you, then you, the speeder, are at fault.
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