Trial set in Pound crash

By NIKKI YOUNK

Staff Writer

MARINETTE, Wis. – A three-day jury trial has been scheduled for an Illinois man accused of causing a fatal accident in Marinette County while intoxicated.

Joseph Hayes, 43, of Lemont, Ill. will go to trial from April 22 through 24.

He faces two felony charges and two misdemeanor charges alleging that he caused the death of 21-year-old Kristian Reed of Niagara, Wis. and injured 36-year-old Elvis Tucek of Homer Glen, Ill.

Hayes faces one felony count of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, one felony count of homicide by vehicle while operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration, one misdemeanor count of cause injury while operating under the influence, and one misdemeanor count of cause injury while operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration.

If convicted, he could spend up to 50 years in prison.

The charges against Hayes stem from a Sept. 27 incident in the town of Pound, Wis.

According to deputies from the Marinette County Sheriff’s Department, Hayes was traveling south in the northbound lane of U.S. 141 when he struck Reed’s vehicle head-on.

Reed died from injuries sustained in the crash.

Hayes’ vehicle also struck Tucek’s vehicle, which was traveling behind Reed’s vehicle.

Both Tucek and Hayes sustained non-incapacitating injuries.

Nikki Younk’s e-mail address is nyounk@ironmountaindailynews.com.