Marshfield man pleads not guilty 
in buggy crash

November 13, 2009

WAUSAU - A man has pleaded not guilty to charges accusing him of crashing his van into a horse-drawn buggy in Marshfield and killing an infant.

Brian Witkus of Marshfield pleaded not guilty Thursday to homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle and homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle. Both are felonies.

Six-week-old Ada Mae Miller of Chili was ejected from her mother's arms and killed in the Aug. 12 crash. The baby's father and a son were also in the Amish buggy.

According to the criminal complaint, the 50-year-old Witkus told one investigator he had taken the prescription pain reliever Hydrocodone earlier in the day and "blinked" and then struck the buggy. He told another officer the crash happened when he reached down to the floor of the minivan to pick up a book.


Associated Press