Matthew Anderson (Photo: Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Office)
A West Bend man was cited for first-offense operating while intoxicated-causing death after he struck an 82-year-old woman along the side of a Town of Saukville highway on Saturday, according to a report.
The crash was reported to the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Office around 3:35 p.m. on County Highway Y, about one-third of a mile north of St. Augustine Road.
According to the sheriff’s office:
Matthew Anderson, 34, of West Bend, was driving a pickup truck south on Highway Y when he drifted over the center line and into the northbound ditch line, killing Marlene Braun of the Town of Saukville.
Braun was trimming grass near the ditch line.
Anderson’s truck continued on to strike a power pole, breaking it off. Anderson was transported to a hospital for minor injuries and subsequently arrested.
The traffic citation against Anderson carries a $937 fine.
Ozaukee County District Attorney Adam Gerol said it could be a while before he decides whether to add more charges. He said he’ll wait on results of a blood analysis, a crash reconstruction and phone records that would show whether Anderson was texting at the time.
Crash reconstructions often take months to complete, even before the coronavirus pandemic.
Depending on what the investigation shows, Anderson could face negligent, drunken, drugged or distracted driving-related homicide charges. https://www.jsonline.com/story/communities/northshore/crime/2020/05/19/marlene-braun-killed-driver-along-highway-saukville/5221548002/