WAUKESHA COUNTY — 28-year-old Rebecca Wankowski of North Prairie faces multiple charges in connection with a fatal crash that happened in the Town of Eagle on Thursday, September 8th.
Wankowski faces the following charges:
- Homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle
- Operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated — 3rd offense
- Misdemeanor bail jumping
21-year-old Spencer Twining of Janesville, who was riding a motorcycle, was killed in the crash that took on Highway 59 near Road X in Eagle. The crash occurred Thursday evening.
According to the criminal complaint, Wankowski was traveling in a white pickup truck headed west on State Highway 59 near Road X, when the truck drifted over onto shoulder side gravel before swerving into the eastbound lane and colliding with an oncoming motorcycle.
The crash killed the motorcyclist, UW-Whitewater student Spencer Twining.
28-year-old Rebecca Wankowski has been charged in his death and authorities say this is her third OWI offense.
According to the criminal complaint, after the crash, Wankowski was "visibly upset and hysterical," and a sheriff's deputy was unable to continue speaking with her on site. She was taken to the hospital for assessment and on the ride over, the criminal complaint says she was heard talking on the phone, saying "they're going to lock me up" and "I killed him."
The criminal complaint states Wankowski also said "my life was finally getting back on track... I never should have left."
A preliminary breath test showed Wankowski's alcohol level was twice the legal limit.
Wankowski was previously convicted of operating while intoxicated in May 2011 and July 2011.
If convicted on the most serious of the three charges, Wankowski faces up to 25 years in prison and $100,000 in fines.
Wankowski is due in court on September 19th.
UW-Whitewater says it is planning to fly the school flag at half mast on Sunday in honor of Twining.
A celebration of life ceremony is scheduled for Sunday afternoon in the university's volleyball arena.