85-year old Antigo woman charged with felony homicide in highway worker’s death
By Jeremy Ratliff, reporter for the Merrill Foto News.
An Antigo woman, who was named as the suspected motorist who struck and killed a Lincoln County Highway worker last summer, has been charged.
Mary L. Robinson, 85, Antigo, was charged Monday with Felony-Homicide by Negligent Operation of a vehicle.
According to court records, on the afternoon of July 14, 2015, 50-year-old Marcus Wydeven of Tomahawk and other Lincoln County Highway workers, were filling potholes in the area of STH 17 and Barnes Creek Avenue.
The work site was reportedly marked with three signs warning motorists of the work zone, north of the crash site. Wydeven, who was working as a flag man, was reportedly wearing a reflective safety vest and was holding a stop sign mounted atop a pole.
According to eye witness statements, Robinson’s vehicle was southbound on STH 17 north of the crash site and did not reduce speed nor brake prior to striking Wydeven. According to a report compiled by a Wisconsin State Patrol Crash Reconstruction Expert, Robinson’s vehicle was traveling between 51 and 60 MPH at the time of impact.
Robinson is due for an initial appearance in Branch 2 of Lincoln County Circuit Court on Aug. 26.