Prison sentence for fatal crash


Staff Writer

MARINETTE, Wis. – An Illinois man who caused a fatal accident in Marinette County last fall while driving drunk will spend the next six years in prison.

Joseph Hayes, 44, of Lemont, Ill. was sentenced Wednesday in Marinette County Court for causing the death of 21-year-old Kristian Reed of Niagara, Wis. and injuring 36-year-old Elvis Tucek of Homer Glen, Ill.

Judge James A. Morrison ordered that Hayes spend six years of initial confinement in prison followed by five years of extended supervision. He also must pay $22,736.76 in restitution.

Hayes had previously pleaded no contest to one felony count of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and one misdemeanor count of cause injury while operating under the influence.

The charges stem from a Sept. 27, 2013 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 a vehicle operated by Reed.

Reed died from injuries sustained in the head-on collision. Hayes’ vehicle also struck another vehicle, which was operated by Tucek.

Both Tucek and Hayes sustained non-incapacitating injuries in the crash.

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