A new judge has been appointed to hear the case of Krista J. Holler, who is charged in a crash that killed a Stanley dentist.
Online records show Barron County Judge James C. Babler is now handling the case as of Wednesday.
Judge James Isaacson said Tuesday that all of the Chippewa County judges had connections to the case and would not hear it.
Holler’s defense attorney, Harry Hertel of Eau Claire, waived a time limit for a preliminary hearing for Holler.
Isaacson continued a $5,000 cash bond for Holler, and continued a prohibition for her not to possess or consume alcohol. She is also to take a preliminary breath test daily between 7-9 a.m. either at the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department or the Cadott Police Department.
Holler, 27, of 21865 100th Ave., Cadott, is charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle and knowingly operating a motor vehicle while the license suspended, all for the June 1 crash.
According to a criminal complaint:
A man reported the crash at 8:47 a.m. June 1 that killed Robert K. Tschabrun, a dentist.
The crash site was County G at 100th Avenue in Chippewa County. A blue Ford Fusion was in a field east of County G. The vehicle had damaged to its passenger side doors, windshield, a pillar area on the driver’s side and to its roof, hood and undercarriage.
The body of Tschabrun, clad in a full bicyclist suit and helmet, was found in grass on an east side ditch of County G. A Colnago bicycle, severely damaged, was found tangled in a barbed wire fence on the east side of County G.
A GPS device attached to Tschabrun’s bike found that Tschabrun was traveling northbound on County G before the crash. The GPS unit was turned on at 5:09 a.m. and had a moving time of 15 minutes and 38 seconds, marking the time of impact at 5:24 a.m.
Holler had permission of the vehicle’s owner to drive it to work.
Holler’s mother, Betty Holler, said she received a text message from Holler at 5:58 a.m.
“I just hit a deer with grandma’s car,” the message said.
Holler said she was with a man at the Maple Hill Bar, less than two miles north of where the crash happened.
Investigators said a review of the scene found Krista Holler was going southbound on County G when she crossed into the northbound lane and hit Tschabrun. The car then went into the east ditch and came to rest in the field.
Tschabrun hit the windshield near the car’s A-pillar on the drivers side and then landed in the east ditch.
In a June 1 interview with investigators, Holler admitted driving the 2008 Ford Fusion.
She said she left work in Eau Claire at about 10:32 p.m. and went to a town of Wheaton tavern, where she left at about 2:15 a.m. She then went to the Maple Hill Bar.
A bartender there said Holler arrived about 2:30 a.m. and was served two 16 ounces bottles of beer, three shots of hard liquor and two shots of a Swiss cinnamon schnapps and then went to a bon fire outside. The bartender did not know how much or what Holler drank. “But in (the bartender’s) opinion, Krista Holler was in no condition to drive based on how much and what she had to drink.”
A man said she saw Krista Holler drink at the Maple Hill Bar between 3 and 4 a.m. before going outside to the bon fire, where he said Holler drank two or three beers.
“In my opinion, she was drunk,” the man told investigators.
Holler said she left the bar between 5 and 5:15 a.m. and was alone when she left the tavern.
She said she swerved to miss a deer and ended up in a ditch. She then called a friend to come and get her.
Holler said at no time she was driving did she think she had too much to drink.
“Krista Holler stated she felt fine, but she was tired and just wanted to go home and go to bed. (An investigator) asked Krista Holler how much sleep she had prior to the crash and (she) stated, ‘Oh Lord, not enough.”
Holler took a preliminary alcohol breath test at 1:34 p.m., about eight hours after the crash, and her test result was 0.04, about half of the intoxication level of a first time OWI offender. A sample of her blood was taken at 2:34 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls.
Holler’s driving status in Wisconsin was suspended. She had two prior convictions for drunken driving.
Barron County District Attorney Angela L. Beranek is a special prosecutor in the case, because Holler is related to a member of the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department.