After multiple drunken driving convictions and a hit-and-run crash that killed a 71-year-old dentist, Krista Holler faces a 40-year sentence for homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle.
The 28-year-old woman from Cadott pleaded guilty Thursday to the homicide charge stemming from the death of Robert Tschabrun. Three other felony counts were dismissed during the plea hearing before Barron County Circuit Judge James A. Babler.
According to court records and testimony, Holler spent the early morning hours of June 1 drinking beer and shots of liquor at the Maple Hill Tavern in Boyd, Wis., then got behind the wheel of a Ford Fusion. She crossed over the center line while southbound on County Highway G, and hit Tschabrun, who was bicycling northbound about 5:30 a.m.
Tschabrun, 71, was a grandfather, a local dentist and an avid cyclist who wore reflective clothing and attached red blinking lights to his helmet. Those lights were still blinking with a sheriff’s deputy found him dead in a ditch, nearly three hours after the crash.
“Bob enjoyed music, rowing, and the outdoors, but he and his son shared a special love for cycling,” his obituary in the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram stated. “Truly, his greatest joy came from raising his son, Jim, and being an amazing grandfather to his granddaughters, Sonja and Bryn. They were counting the days to Grandpa Bob’s next visit.”
After killing Tschabrun, Holler left the car, called friends and returned to the tavern. Her blood-alcohol level registered 0.123% more than nine hours after the crash. According to online court records, Holler has been convicted of operating while intoxicated twice and has been fined multiple times for driving offenses, including speeding, operating without insurance, operating without a valid license and inattentive driving.
She is set to be sentenced on April 10.