MADISON, Wis. - A jury has found a Madison man guilty on multiple charges for his involvement in a crash that killed four people in February 2012.
Victor Benitez, 19, was charged with 17 counts in connection with a crash in the city of Fitchburg. Twelve of the charges are felonies and include homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle; vehicular homicide by use of a controlled substance; and failure to render aid, resulting in death.
A jury found Benitez, guilty on eight homicide charges, obstructing an officer, and driving without a license. He was found not guilty of failure to fulfill legal obligations in a crash.
Fitchburg police said Benitez was behind the wheel of the vehicle that went airborne near Lacy Road and hit a utility pole on Feb. 18. Police said Benitez was drunk, high on drugs and fled from the scene after the crash. He was found by firefighters a short time later.
Three people died at the crash scene, and another passenger died at a hospital.