WINNEBAGO CO. — Charges were filed Wednesday morning, May 30th against 18-year-old Carly Ottery, the driver of an SUV that crashed and killed three Campbellsport High School teenagers back in February.
The crash happened just north of Highway 67 in the Township of Ashford on Saturday, February 4th. Sabrina Stahl, Katie Berg and Caitlin Scannell all died from their injuries. Ottery and five other students were hurt.
The Fond du Lac County Sheriff said in February that speed and failure to wear seat belts were factors in the crash. Alcohol was not believed to be a factor in this crash.
A crash reconstruction expert estimated the Chevy Tahoe was traveling between 103 and 109 miles per hour at time when Ottery lost control of the vehicle.
Minutes after the crash, Ottery is said to have told a Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s deputy she hit a “dip” on Beechnut Road that “makes your belly drop” before the vehicle became airborne.
Ottery is also alleged to have said her speed caused her to lose control of the Tahoe, saying “I was driving fast because it was cool,” adding that she was a “stupid (expletive) teenager.” Ottery also allegedly said the passengers “weren’t wearing their seat belts, and that’s why they flew so (expletive) far out of the car.”
Ottery was charged with three counts of homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle. If convicted, she faces up to ten years in prison and $25,000 in fines for each charge. Ottery’s initial appearance in court is set for Tuesday, June 19th.
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