Oshkosh man charged in fatal alcohol-related crash

CREATED Feb. 7, 2013

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OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) -- An Oshkosh man who's accused of causing a fatal collision while drunk has been charged with six felonies, including homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle.

An Oshkosh Northwestern report says 57-year-old William G. Doemel was driving in December in the town of Nekimi. Investigators say his SUV crossed the center line and collided head-on with a van driven by 80-year-old Robert Zentner.

Zentner was killed and his 81-year-old wife broke a wrist, knee and seven ribs.

At the time Doemel was driving with a suspended driver's license from a previous drunken driving conviction in 2011.

A criminal complaint filed this week says Doemel had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.285, or 3 1/2 times the legal limit.

A message left for his public defender Thursday was not immediately returned.

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Information from: Oshkosh Northwestern, http://www.thenorthwestern.com