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Driver charged in fatal accident waives preliminary hearing

November 3, 2012
By NIKKI YOUNK , Escanaba Daily Press

MARINETTE, Wis. - The criminal case against a man involved in a fatal drunk driving accident last month in Middle Inlet, Wis., is moving forward.

Timothy C. Christ, 28, of Wausaukee, Wis., waived his preliminary examination in Marinette County Court on Thursday.

Christ faces one felony count of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, one felony count of homicide by use of a vehicle with a prohibited alcohol concentration, three felony counts of operating while intoxicated causing injury, and three felony counts of causing injury with a prohibited alcohol concentration.

The charges stem from an Oct. 5 incident in Middle Inlet.

According to Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve, a GMC pickup truck operated by Christ pulled onto U.S. 141 and was traveling north when it struck a south bound Chevrolet Impala.

One of the passengers in the Impala, 13-year-old Christopher Croley of Ishpeming, was killed.

The other three occupants of the Impala, which included Croley's mother, 44-year-old Jodi Betts Croley, and his sisters, 17-year-old Taylor Croley and 16-year-old Gabrielle Croley, were injured.

Christ, the only occupant of the pickup truck, was not injured.

During a preliminary examination, a judge determines whether there is probable cause to believe that a crime was committed and whether the defendant committed the crime. Probable cause does not indicate guilt.

Officials from the clerk of court's office said that Christ waived his preliminary examination.

Arraignment, at which time Christ will enter pleas to the charges, is scheduled for Dec. 3.

If convicted on all counts, he could face a maximum penalty of 116 years in prison.



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