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Shullsburg man waives hearing on vehicular homicide counts
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DARLINGTON — A Shullsburg man waived his preliminary hearing on charges from a fatal car crash Aug. 20.

Kyle Monahan, 23, 550 N. Judgment St., will be arraigned in Lafayette County Circuit Court Nov. 19 at 9 a.m. on two counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle, and one count of homicide by negligent use of a motor vehicle.

The intoxicated-homicide charges — one for driving intoxicated, one for driving with a prohibited blood-alcohol level — have a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison, a $100,000 fine, and revocation of a driver’s license for five years. The negligent-homicide charge has a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.

Monahan is free on a $50,000 signature bond.

Monahan was charged after a crash on Dunbarton Road in the Town of Shullsburg that killed Rebecca Lee Cushman, 22, Mexico, Maine, Aug. 20.

According to the criminal complaint, Monahan was driving east on Dunbarton Road around 7:45 p.m. when he lost control of the car and it left the north side of the road, went through a ditch, hit a berm and went airborne.
Monahan and Cushman were ejected from the vehicle. Cushman died of “multiple extended blunt force injuries,” according to court records.

According to the criminal complaint, when a Lafayette County sheriff’s deputy asked who was driving, Monahan said, “It depends who’s asking,” then said, “I don’t know, I might have been.” Monahan also allegedly said, “That will be the last time I drink and drive.”

Monahan’s blood alcohol level was tested at 0.128, according to court records.