Semi driver facing charges following fatal Clark County crash

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Clark County (WQOW) – A semi driver from Neillsville has just been charged in a fatal crash from 2017.

Roger Waltemate is charged with five counts of recklessly endangering safety and a count of second degree reckless homicide.

According to the criminal complaint, three vehicles were stopped at a construction zone near the township of Grant in July 2017.

Police said Waltemate’s semi ran into a Jeep driven by Anthony Phipps from Granton. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Waltemate claimed his brakes had malfunctioned.

However, the reconstruction report determined the crash was caused by a delayed attempt to brake. Investigators also noted that Waltemate lied about not being on his phone at the time and discovered he sent a text message about the time of the crash.

Waltemate returns to court on Thursday. If convicted on all charges, the maximum sentence is more than 80 years in prison.

Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley joined the News 18 team in August 2006. He is currently an Evening Anchor/Producer.

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