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.