MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Not guilty pleas were entered Tuesday for a Madison man charged with killing four people in a traffic crash.
18-year-old Victor Benitez is charged with 17 felonies and misdemeanors, in a one-vehicle crash February 18th in Fitchburg. The pleas were entered right after a preliminary hearing, in which Benitez was ordered to stand trial on a dozen felony counts.
Authorities said there was alcohol, cocaine, and marijuana in the driver’s system after his vehicle lost control at up to 70 miles an hour and flipped over.
17-year-old Martin Sanchez-Gutierrez and 18-year-old Jose Cabrera-Hernandez of Madison were killed along with 2 Rockford Illinois residents – 25-year-old Alan Dickson and 17-year-old Phankham Chitanavong.
Benitez’s attorney said his client’s injuries were not consistent with a driver – and he could have been in the back seat when the crash occurred.
But Circuit Judge William Foust said it was “plausible” that Benitez was driving. He’s charged with homicide by intoxicated driving, failing to render aid, obstructing police, and driving without a license while causing death.