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Deputy Stratman charged with homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle.

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ONALASKA, Wisconsin (WXOW)-- It happened early Sunday morning, July 18th at the intersection of Highway 35 and County Road O. T.

Deputy Trisha Stratman was heading north on 35 with emergency lights flashing, responding to a call to a bar fight in Holmen when she collided with a car traveling west on O. T.

16 year old Brandon Jennings' car had just entered the intersection when it was struck on the left front fender by Stratman's squad car.

Jennings was thrown from the vehicle and died from his injuries.

Stratman suffered minor injuries.

The state attorney generals office announced the charges on Wednesday.

According to the criminal complaint, the traffic light was red from Stratman's direction and she was traveling at a speed of 106 miles per hour just seconds before impact.

Deputy Trisha Stratman is charged with homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle.

La Crosse Attorney James Kroner Jr. says state law grants law enforcement officers some latitude when responding to emergency calls.

An officer may drive above the speed limit and can proceed past a red light, but only with due regard to others on the road.

Kroner says if the case goes to trial, the state would have to prove deputy Stratman drove with a high level of negligence.

 

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