An arraignment has been set for the local man charged in a crash that resulted in the death of a 54-year-old Boyceville woman.

Appearing in Dunn County Circuit Court on March 9, Todd R. Dormanen, 47, waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Judge Rod Smeltzer found probable cause that Dormanen was responsible for the death of Jena D. Anderson, 54, on Feb. 12

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. Judge Smeltzer denied a motion filed by Dormanen’s attorney, William A. Schembera, to have his client’s cash bond reduced from $10,000 to $5,000. An arraignment has been scheduled for April 30.

According to the criminal complaint:

Around 12:42 p.m. on Feb. 12, Anderson’s daughter Kallie J. Anderson, 19, called E-911 and reported that she had been in a vehicle accident and that her mother was slumped over the steering wheel. Anderson was declared dead at the scene.

The Chevrolet Equinox driven by Anderson was observed facing north in the west ditch of Highway 79, while the Kia Sorento SUV driven by Dormanen could be seen facing north along the east shoulder. 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.

Boyceville Police Chief Greg Lamkin told a Dunn County deputy that a strong odor of intoxicants was emanating from Dormanen and his vehicle. Questioned later at an Eau Claire hospital, Dormanen said he did not recall anything about the crash or very much about what he had been doing that morning. He told the investigator 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.

The bartender confirmed that she knew Dormanen, who had arrived around 6:30 a.m. with a female friend and stayed at the bar until around noon, during which time he was served eight to 10 16-ounce cans of Busch Light. Before he left, the bartender said she noticed his speech was slurred and told him he should not drive.

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.

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Dunn County News editor

Barbara Lyon is the editor of The Dunn County News in Menomonie, WI.

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