Homicide Charges Filed in Washburn Co. Crash

Updated: 05/22/2014 12:31 PM
Created: 05/22/2014 12:30 PM

Washburn County prosecutors have filed three felony charges against a man accused of driving a vehicle while under the influence before a crash that killed two people and injured a third person.

Edward Depies, 26, of Sarona is charged with two counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and one count of injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle in the July 21, 2013 crash.  The crash killed Molly E. Undem and Donald L. Roberts III and injured Timothy N. Wohlford.

A 2005 Ford Mustang, owned by Depies, rolled over on County Road A in the Town of Stone Lake and came to rest several hundred feet from the roadway.  The Wisconsin State Patrol reconstructed the crash scene and estimated that the vehicle was traveling in excess of 120 miles per hour when the driver lost control; investigators found no mechanical issues that would have contributed to the crash.

According to a news release from the Washburn County Sheriff's Office, officers found beer cans and bottles strewn across the crash scene and inside the vehicle.  A test allegedly found Depies' blood ethanol alcohol level to be .075 g/100mL seven hours after the crash.  

Wohlford allegedly told authorities at the scene of the crash that he did not specifically remember who was driving, but thought it was a male.

The sheriff's office said Depies stated in an April interview that a memory of the night of the crash had come back to him in November.  He allegedly said he remembered driving on a road near the crash scene with Roberts in the passenger seat.

Sheriff Terry Dryden said the extended investigation has been very difficult for the family of all four occupants of the vehicle.

Depies is expected to make his first court appearance on June 30.

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