Janesville, WI Van Accident, Mar 1999
SIX KILLED IN VAN CRASH ON INTERSTATE.
Janesville - Six people were killed and eight others injured in a van crash along Interstate 90 today, police said.
The driver of the van apparently lost control of the vehicle, which rolled over, said a dispatcher for the Wisconsin State Patrol.
The eight people injured were taken to hospitals, and six were critically injured, the dispatcher said.
Wausau Daily Herald Wisconsin 1999-03-25
Listing of Casualties
PETER CHRISTMAN, 18, Tulsa, Okla.
AMBER LETTMAN, 16, Oregon, Wis.
MELINDA TURVEY, 18, Verona, Wis.
JOSEPH WILD, 21, Lacombe, La.
COREY HANSON, 22, Wichita, Kan.
MARSHALL LEE ROBERTS, 16, Dewitt, Iowa.
CRYSTAL McDANIEL, 25, Princeton, W. Va.
Listing of Injured
MONICA FERGUS, 15, Madison, Wis.
STACEY BECK, 22, Ft. Collins, Colo.
NICOLE McDOUGAL, 16, Fitchburg, Wis.
CRAIG FECHTER, 22, Belvue, Kan.
SHAWN KELLY, 20.
All listed in critical condition.
KAILA GILLOCK, 19, Louisville, Ky., treated and released.
Driver of van JEREMY HOLMES, 20, of Clinton, Iowa, charged with seven counts of negligent vehicular homicide and five counts of causing great bodily harm.
HOMICIDE CHARGES URGED IN DEADLY WISCONSIN CRASH.
SIX PEOPLE INVOLVED IN MAGAZINE SALES KILLED IN HIGH-SPEED VAN ACCIDENT.
Janesville, Wis. (AP) - At the flash of a police car's headlights, JEREMY HOLMES apparently decided he had to get out from behind the wheel of the speeding van he was driving.
HOLMES, whose driving privileges had been revoked in Wisconsin because of a bad traffic record, tried to switch seats with a passenger, police said.
But the crowded van spun out of control and flipped over twice Thursday, ejecting 12 of the 14 passengers and leaving six dead on the highway.
"The bodies were scattered in all directions on the road," said police officer John Conger, whose patrol car HOLMES had spotted moments before the crash.
"I've never seen anything like this before and I trust that I'll never see something like it again."
Conger said he had clocked the van at 80 mph on Interstate 90 about 70 miles southwest of Milwaukee.
Eight others in the van were injured, six critically. No one wore seat belts, police said.
HOLMES, of Clinton, Iowa, was confused but admitted he had been driving the van, Conger said. He was treated and in police custody Thursday night, hospital officials said.
Police have recommended that prosecutors charge HOLMES, 20, with six counts of negligent vehicular homicide and six counts of causing great bodily harm, said Sgt. Brad Altman of the Wisconsin State Patrol.
The passenger that HOLMES had tried to switch places with was among those killed, Altman said.
The victims, all between 15 and 25, had been heading to a Janesville motel that had been their home base for two weeks for sales trips, sheriff's Cmdr. Thomas Gehl said. Other members arrived at the motel earlier in another van.
The young people were selling magazines for an organization called Yes, police said. A spokesman for Subscriptions Plus Inc. of Bethany, Okla., said the company processes orders sold by Yes employees.
State labor officials were investigating whether child labor laws were violated, said Mike Goetzman, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation.
The Courier Waterloo Iowa 1999-03-26