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Stevens Charged in Kummer Crash

Stevens Charged in Kummer Crash  10/10/18

 

 An Eau Claire woman, charged in connection to a crash that killed four people in Chippewa County, appeared in court Tuesday, October 9th.

 

  A judge issued 24-year-old Cara Stevens a $10,000 signature bond.

 

  Stevens was charged with eight counts, including four for homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle.   

  The charges are tied to a May 27, 2017 crash just east of Cornell, at the intersection of Highway 64 and County Road G.

 

  A complaint filed said Stevens was driving a car heading north on G and told investigators she didn't remember seeing any stop signs in the area. Stevens said she was going about 60 miles an hour when she collided with a truck heading westbound on 64.

 

  Investigators say skid marks tied to Stevens' car were visible on G, but after entering the intersection with Highway 64.

 

  Stevens’ vehicle collided with a truck heading westbound on 64. She was the only person in her vehicle to survive, as Mikaila Toske, Raven Ellin, and Jonathan Jorgensen – all from of Eau Claire – were killed.

Kristine Kummer of Medford was the lone person in the truck killed, as four others were injured.

 

  The complaint states driver impairment was not a factor in the crash.

 

  The complaint also states: "While the exact reasons for Ms. Stevens' inattention are not known, it is likely her attention was not focused on the approaching intersection and stop sign."

 

  Cara Stevens next court hearing is scheduled for November.


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