Man charged in crash that killed wife, daughter

October 23, 2009

WAUSAU - A 39-year-old man has been charged with killing his wife and 12-year-old daughter in a drunken-driving crash.

Court records say Travis Ploman of Kronenwetter had been drinking with friends for at least five hours Sunday before he got behind the wheel of the family sports utility vehicle and headed home.

Ploman was charged Wednesday with two counts of homicide by drunken driving, resisting arrest and causing an injury while driving drunk.

His attorney, Rand Krueger, says the charges are premature and unsubstantiated.

Court records say Ploman, a Mosinee School Board member, went to a home in Portage County with a cooler full of beer to share with his wife, Jennifer. His SUV rolled over off Interstate 39 near Mosinee, killing her and daughter Erin Ploman. A 9-year-old son was treated and released at a hospital.


Associated Press