A Stanley man involved in a fatal October crash that killed Tasha A. Ley, also of Stanley, has pleaded not guilty in charges relating to Ley’s death.
Jacob K. Person, 32, pleaded not guilty in Clark County court Wednesday to homicide by intoxicated use of vehicle and knowingly operating while suspended-cause death. He will next appear in court on Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. for a pre-trial conference.
Ley, 31, was killed the morning of Oct. 13, 2017 in a crash in the town of Hixton. She was a passenger in an SUV driven by Person, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office said.
According to the sheriff’s office:
A tractor driven by Mark H. Frost, 56, of rural Withee was pulling a manure spreader west on Bridge Road when it tried to turn left onto Clark Avenue. As it was turning, the SUV that Person was driving behind the tractor tried to pass it.
“The SUV struck the front driver’s side tractor tire and rolled several times, ejecting the passenger. The SUV came to rest on its side in the north ditch facing northeast,” the sheriff’s office said. The crash was reported at 9:47 a.m.
Frost was not injured in the crash. Speed and driver impairment apparently were factors in the crash. Neither Person nor Ley were wearing seat belts.
Ley’s death was the sixth traffic fatality in Clark County in 2017.
The body of a 60-year-old Lake Hallie woman was found at Lake Wissota State Park Wednesday, Chippewa County Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk said Thursday.
Foul play is not suspected, and the sheriff’s office is treating the incident as a suicide or an accidental death, Kowalczyk said. Several pill bottles were discovered near the body in the park, and the office is considering an overdose as a possible cause of death.
The sheriff’s office responded to a 1 p.m. call from the park Wednesday indicating a passerby had noticed a body on the ground. The body was identified as that of a Lake Hallie woman; the Lake Hallie Police Department had put out an ATL (attempt to locate) message for the woman on Feb. 5, Kowalczyk said.
The message indicated the woman was missing and had exhibited possible suicidal behavior.
“There’s nothing that shows any suspicion of any foul play,” Kowalczyk said.
An autopsy of the body will be completed at a local hospital.