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.