The man who caused a head-on crash that left a Boyceville woman dead and her daughter injured has been charged in Dunn County Circuit Court.
Todd R. Dormanen, 814 Tiffany St., Boyceville, faces charges of homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle while having prior intoxicant-related conviction/revocation, operating while intoxicated causing injury-second and subsequent offense, OWI-4th offense, homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle, and reckless driving causing great bodily harm.
In custody in the Dunn County Jail, Dormanen, 47, was in court with his attorney William Schembera on Thursday. Judge Rod Smeltzer set a cash bond of $10,000 and conditions that include no contact with the surviving victim and her family. He can consume no alcohol, cannot enter any bars or liquor stores, and must not leave the state of Wisconsin. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Friday, March 9.
According to the criminal complaint:
Around 12:42 p.m. on Feb. 12, Kallie J. Anderson, 19, called E-911 and reported that she had been in a vehicle accident. She said that two vehicles were involved and that her mother, Jena D. Anderson, 54, was slumped over the wheel and unresponsive. Multiple agencies responded to the scene of the crash, which took place in the 8400 Block of State Highway 79 in the town of Sherman. Everyone involved were wearing seatbelts, and the airbags deployed in both vehicles.
Jena Anderson was declared dead at the scene by the Dunn County Medical Examiner’s office. Kallie Anderson was transported to Mayo Clinic Health System-Red Cedar in Menomonie and later told the county’s victim witness coordinator that among the injuries she sustained as a passenger in the crash were a torn spleen and fractured ribs. Pins had to be placed in Anderson’s foot, also as a result of the crash.
The Chevrolet Equinox driven by Anderson was observed to be facing north in the west ditch of the highway, while the Kia Sorento SUV driven by Dormanen could be seen facing north along the east shoulder. In looking at the crash scene, it appeared that Dormanen was heading northbound on Highway 79 when he crossed the center line into the southbound lane and struck Anderson’s vehicle, causing it to spin 180 degrees and land in the west ditch. The impact seemed to have spun the Kia 360 degrees before it came to rest on the east shoulder of the road.
Dormanen was extricated from the Kia and transported to Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Boyceville Police Chief Greg Lamkin told a Dunn County deputy that a strong odor of intoxicants was emanating from Dormanen and his vehicle. When the deputy arrived at the hospital to interview Dormanen, he also detected the smell of alcohol and noted that Dormanen’s eyes were glassy and bloodshot. He also noted that Dormanen’s speech was slurred when asked what he could remember about the crash.
Dormanen said he did not recall anything about the crash or very much about what he had been doing that morning. He told the deputy he had worked the third shift at Phillips Plastics until 6 or 6:30 a.m. He thought he might have had a few beers at Tom & Jo’s Bar in Menomonie. At that point, the deputy told Dormanen that he was going to be cited for a fourth offense OWI. Although he agreed to an evidentiary blood draw, Dormanen refused to submit to a preliminary breath test nor would he answer questions on the Alcohol Influence form.
The deputy contacted the bartender who worked the morning shift at Tom & Jo’s. She confirmed that she knew Dormanen, who had arrived around 6:30 a.m. on Feb. 12 with a female friend. The pair stayed at the bar until around noon, during which time he was served eight to 10 16-ounce cans of Busch Light. Before Dormanen left, the bartender said she noticed his speech was slurred. She told him he should not drive and choose alternate means to stay in town.
While serving other customers, the bartender said she overhead Dormanen and his friend discussing that he should stay at his friend’s house in Menomonie. The bartender said the bar was busy at the time, and she was unable to see whether Dormanen was stumbling when he departed.