A man was heading home in a horse-drawn buggy, and he only had about 400 yards to go before he reached his house. He never made it, however, as his buggy was struck by a vehicle and he was killed. An arrest has now been made in the case.
The accident happened in Wisconsin Rapids, in the central part of the state. The police say that the man who hit the buggy was drunk behind the wheel, and they are going to give out charges shortly. The man who is so accused is 31 years old, and he is from Necedah. His bond has been set at $5,000.
The man who was hit and killed was also 31 years old. He was with his son at the time, who is 10. They had been working that day transporting corn stalks.
The drunk driver was in a pickup truck, and he rear-ended the buggy. It happened out on County Trunk HH, close to Vesper, and it was on a Friday night. The man was killed in the accident and his son was taken by emergency crews to the hospital, where he was last reported to be in critical condition.
A preliminary breath test was carried out after the accident, and the authorities say that the man's blood alcohol concentration was 0.11. The legal limit in Wisconsin, along with the rest of the United States, is .08 for most drivers. As noted, charges have not officially been handed down yet, but the police are expecting the man to get OWI homicide.
Those who have lost a loved one in a fatal crash may be entitled to compensation.
Source: Wisconsin Rapids Tribune, "Man arrested in fatal horse-buggy crash," Karen Madden, Daily Tribune Media, Nov. 23, 2015