BROWN DEER — Homicide charges have been filed against a Milwaukee man, in connection with a fatal crash that happened near 60th and Brown Deer Road last Saturday night, February 13th. 25-year-old Lauren Unertl of Hustisford was killed in the crash.
The accused is 25-year-old Brandyn Corbins of Milwaukee. He is facing the following charges:
- Homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle
- Homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle with a prohibited alcohol concentration
- Injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle, great bodily harm
- Injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle, great bodily harm, prohibited alcohol concentration
The crash happened just before midnight on February 13th.
Officers responding to the crash discovered a Honda Accord with extensive damage in the median, and a Honda SUV with extensive damage on the north side of Brown Deer Road.
Officers noticed Corbins in the Accord, “conscious and yelling.”
Unertl was found lying face down on the ground. She was monitored by officers and eventually stopped breathing.
Despite attempts to save her life, Unertl was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy determined she died as a result of blunt force injuries resulting from the crash.
A passenger in Unertl’s vehicle indicated Unertl was his girlfriend. He suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment. The complaint indicates he suffered a broken collar bone, broken ribs, and a possibly punctured lung as a result of the broken ribs.
According to the complaint, when officers spoke with Corbins, he was “agitated and yelling,” and said: “I’m sorry. Tell me they’re OK.”
Officers noticed an odor of alcohol coming from Corbins, and his eyes were noted to be bloodshot. Police say he was having trouble standing/keeping his balance.
According to the complaint, Corbins repeatedly made the comment that “he just wanted to go home.”
Officers spoke with a witness to the crash, who indicated Corbins had run a red light prior to the crash.
The complaint indicates a Corbins’ preliminary breath test returned a reading of .094.
A blood sample was taken from Corbins and tested at the Wisconsin State Crime Lab. It was determined that Corbins’ BAC was .093.
The complaint indicates Corbins admitted to taking Vicodin pills that he did not have a prescription for. He indicated that prior to the crash, he had approximately two to three drinks at a bar, before leaving to go to his girlfriend’s house.
Corbins was set to make his initial appearance in court in this case on Thursday, February 18th.
This is the third fatal crash to occur in about a week’s time in Brown Deer.
On Friday night, February 5th, a crash involving three vehicles and a wrong-way driver happened near Green Bay Road and Deerwood Drive. The wrong-way driver died as a result of injuries suffered in the crash on February 11th. He was identified as 59-year-old Charles Washington of Milwaukee.
20-year-old Kierra Monei Jackson and 22-year-old Fredericka Owens-Wright were killed when Monei Jackson seemingly lost control and left the roadway near Dean and Teutonia. The vehicle rolled at least once, and the medical examiner’s report indicates it struck an electrical box and phone box before coming to a stop in a tree line just south of the intersection of Dean and Teutonia. A third woman was taken to the hospital for treatment following this crash. She was listed in critical condition.
Brown Deer police are taking part in “high visibility traffic enforcements” as a result of these crashes.