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COPY-UPDATE: Driver in fatal crash jailed on $25,000 cash

A judge on Monday ordered the 22-year-old driver of a pickup truck that crashed and killed two young women to be jailed on $25,000 cash, according to online court records.

Tim Saavedra appeared via video from the Portage County Jail before Circuit Judge Thomas Flugaur about two days after the crash that killed Melissa Peterson and Stephanie Eberhardt, both 21, on a rural Portage County road. A third passenger was injured.

The pickup truck rolled over on Gumz Road about 2:30 a.m. Saturday and crashed against some trees, investigators said. They cited speed and alcohol as factors in the crash.

During Monday's hearing, District Attorney Louis Molepske Jr. told the judge he expected to charge Saavedra with homicide by intoxicated use of vehicle and injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle by Aug. 5, according to court records. Flugaur ruled that there was probable cause a crime was committed and Saavedra committed it.


A 21-year-old man from Rudolph is in fair condition after a fatal crash in the Town of Linwood.

A Nursing Supervisor at St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield says Lee Hogan is recovering and is expected to be OK.

Portage County Sheriff's officials say Hogan was sitting in the front passenger seat of a truck that rolled over on Gumz Road early Saturday morning.

Two 21-year-old women from Wisconsin Rapids were killed in the crash.

Portage County Sheriff's officers say the truck was found by first responders around 2:30 a.m. Saturday on its passenger side against several trees.

Police say 21-year-old Melissa Peterson, and 21-year-old Stephanie Eberhardt, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Rudolph Fire and EMS crews worked for hours to remove Lee Hogan from the vehicle.

He was then was airlifted to the hospital by Spirit Helicopter.

The Portage County Sheriff's Department says the driver, 22-year-old Tim Saavedra, was taken into custody and is now in the Portage County Jail. Sheriff's officials say they are recommending charges of homicide and causing injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle.

Officials say speed and alcohol were factors in the crash, but say the incident is still under investigation.

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