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Prosecutors: Caledonia man under prescription drug influence in fatal crash

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Gavel & Stryker, made from Cherry & Ash, sold to Whitney Hoffman. By KeithBurtis (Flickr: Gavel & Stryker) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Gavel & Stryker, made from Cherry & Ash, sold to Whitney Hoffman. By KeithBurtis (Flickr: Gavel & Stryker) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

RACINE, WI (WTAQ) - Prosecutors said a Racine County man was under the influence of prescription drugs when he allegedly caused a traffic crash that killed a 42-year-old woman.

A $50,000 bond was ordered for 38-year-old Daniel Hess of Caledonia, after he was charged with homicide by intoxicated driving.

Authorities said Hess was driving home from work on April 2nd when his vehicle crossed a center-line, sideswiped a car, and then collided with another vehicle head-on. That last driver, Michelle Schluechtermann of Caledonia, was killed.

Officials said Hess tested positive for methadone, hydro-morphone, and oxycodone. A state Crime Lab analyst said Hess’s level of oxycodone would have been enough to impair him.

He’s due back in court next Thursday, when a judge will decide if there’s enough evidence to put Hess on trial. 

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