Eau Claire man pleads guilty to killing woman in crosswalk on Menomonie Street

Eau Claire (WQOW) – The Eau Claire driver who is accused of hitting and killing a pedestrian in a crosswalk has reached a plea deal.

Thursday, Donald Bass Jr. pleaded guilty to the most severe charge – homicide by vehicle, using a controlled substance. In exchange, the remaining three felony charges were dropped.

In August 2017, Samantha Coyle, 18, was struck and killed walking across Menomonie Street. Bass told police he turned his head to look at people outside Dairy Queen, and when he looked back, Coyle was in the crosswalk and he didn’t have time to stop.

Bass will be sentenced in February of next year.

Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley joined the News 18 team in August 2006. He is currently the 10:00 PM Evening Anchor/Producer.

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