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Superior Man Arrested in Connection With Deadly Iron County Crash

Ryan Juntti
Updated: July 10, 2018 08:27 PM

Police have arrested a Superior man who was on the run after a deadly crash in Iron County three months ago. 

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Jesse Gasper was arrested on Saturday in New York on an arrest warrant issued a few weeks ago. Police found him at his sister's house.

This all stems from a crash in Saxon, Wisconsin that killed his passenger, a 31-year-old Michigan woman. Eyewitness News spoke with the mother of the woman on Monday, who remembers her as someone always willing to help others.

"Nobody knows how to do this. There's no handbook for it," said Sally Buchholz, the mother of Amanda Schiiller, the woman killed in the crash. 

Buchholz' worst nightmare came true when she found out Schiiller had been killed in a car accident.

"I was in shock, I didn't believe it. It still sometimes is surreal that this didn't happen," said Buchholz.

The crash happened on US Highway 2 near Saxon Cemetery. It was about 4:00 in the morning on March 27.

According to the complaint, the driver Jesse Gasper says he lost control of the vehicle, which led to him crossing into oncoming traffic and striking an oncoming semi.

Schiiller, a mother of four, was found in the front seat of the car, and pronounced dead at the scene.

Buchholz remembers her daughter as a family woman, and someone that would serve others before herself.

"(Amanda) would help anyway she could, anyone she could help at anytime she could. She loved her children first and foremost, and her family was very very important to her," said Buchholz.

 An officer on scene allegedly noticed "track-marks" on Gasper's arms. The complaint says "track-marks" are often caused from injecting certain drugs.

The complaint says Gasper initially told officers he did not use any drugs, but then said he had smoked marijuana at some point before the crash.

A blood sample from Gasper tested positive for methamphetamines, amphetamines, and THC, the active chemical in marijuana. 

The complaint also says officers found a jar containing what is believed to be marijuana, along with four syringes, and a glass pipe used to smoke marijuana.

Authorities in New York say Gasper is currently being held in the Livingston County Jail in New York.

Gasper had previously been charged with five counts, including three felony counts in connection with the crash in March.   

He did not have an attorney as of Monday afternoon.        

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