More than two years after Wayne Scharenbroch died bicycling on a Manitowoc County road, a jury found the tavern worker who crashed into him guilty of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle.
Dean Koenig, 41, fled the crash scene on April 3, 2010, and called police from his home in Valders more than 90 minutes later. A blood test showed his blood-alcohol level to be .12%.
A six-day trial concluded Wednesday, with the felony homicide conviction, and not guilty verdicts on charges of hit-and-run causing death and homicide by operating a motor vehicle with a BAC above .08. The jury deliberated for roughly nine hours.
Koenig will be sentenced on March 15, and faces a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison.
According to court records, Koenig drank with friends at the Shadows Bar, where he worked, then drove northbound on Marken Road toward his home. He struck Scharenbroch, a 48-year-old father of two and frequent cyclist, and left him in the ditch about 8:40 p.m.
Reports say Scharenbroch was wearing a helmet, a reflective vest and had a red blinking light on the back of his bike.
When Koenig called police, he reported he thought he hit a deer.
For nearly two years, he challenged the legality of his arrest and the inclusion of the blood-alcohol evidence taken that night.
In a Silent Sports story published in October 2010, Michelle Scharenbroch shared the grief caused by the death of her husband.
“Initially, I felt sympathy for the Koenigs,” she said. “They have a family with kids. It has to be tough for them, too.
“Our whole world just stopped. He took our future away from us,” Michelle said. She said Koenig has made no attempt to contact her or her family, or shown any remorse.
The delays in the court proceedings also wore on the family.
“We keep waiting and waiting and waiting. We would like to get past all this,” Michelle said.