NEILLSVILLE (WAOW) - A 32-year-old man accused of driving drunk in a fatal crash with a farm tractor that killed a 31-year-old Stanley woman pleaded not guilty Wednesday, according to online Clark County court records.
Jacob Person of Stanley is charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and operating a vehicle with a suspended license causing death in the Oct. 13 crash near Withee that killed Tasha Ley. She was a passenger in a sports utility vehicle driven by Person that slammed into a tractor pulling a manure spreader and rolled several times, investigators said.
The crash happened when the tractor, driven by a 56-year-old rural Withee man, was attempting to make a left hand turn and the SUV tried to pass it, striking a tractor tire, the sheriff said. Ley and Person were not wearing seat belts. The tractor driver was not hurt.