Crime

Man accused in deadly wrong-way I-94 wreck not competent, judge says

The man accused of driving the wrong way on Interstate 94 near Deerfield, hitting two cars head-on and killing four people in November isn't fit for trial, a judge ruled Friday. 

Brysen D. Wills, 33, appeared in Dane County court for a competency hearing. Judge Nicholas McNamara said Wills isn't competent to proceed in the case, and is not likely to become competent within the statutory commitment period. Wills has significant brain trauma from the crash and has little to no short-term memory. 

The criminal proceedings against Wills, which includes 15 counts, were suspended, and Wills will be re-evaluated every 6 months, McNamara ordered. Wills has a guardian and is in a brain-trauma unit. He was also discharged from criminal competency commitment. 

According to a criminal complaint, Wills had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.18 when on the night of Nov. 2 when he drove against traffic on I-94. The driver of one car, Patrick Wasielewski, 23, died at the scene. In the second vehicle,  Kim Radtke, 28, of Pewaukee; Clenton Hall, 26, of Waterloo; and Katey Pasqualini, 26, of Milwaukee, who all worked together, died. Brian Falk, 28, of Whitefish Bay, suffered serious injuries.

According to state driving records on Wills, he was found guilty in Missouri of operating while intoxicated in August 2002 and again in September 2003.



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