What reportedly began as a trip to the grocery store for chocolate milk ended in and on a grove of pine trees outside Siren last January, and has now led to half a dozen felony charges against the driver of the car.
Details in the criminal compliant on the single-vehicle car crash outline the extent of damage and serious injuries for three people, including the driver from the crash, which occurred just after midnight last Jan. 2, south of Siren on State Highway 35, just inside the Burnett County border.
Police have requested an analysis of the Camaro’s computer data to possibly reveal deeper details behind the incident, including the terminal velocity of the Camaro when it crashed, but that information was not yet available, although at least one of the witnesses suggested speed was definitely a factor in the crash.
Six felony charges have been filed against Duane Vadner, 45, the rural Luck man who was behind the wheel of the late model Chevrolet Camaro that went off the road at a high rate of speed and crashed, going airborne twice before coming to rest in a grove of pine trees. The crash was so violent that several pieces of the trees went up and through the floor of the Camaro and trapped several of the occupants enough that firefighters had to cut off both doors and also had to cut off the car roof to extricate the occupants, who all suffered various serious injuries.
Vadner is now facing six felony charges, including two counts of reckless driving – causing great bodily harm, as well as two counts of second-degree reckless endangerment and two charges of second-degree reckless injury. All told, Vadner faces the potential of over 50 years in prison if convicted on all counts. He makes an initial appearance on the charges shortly after press time on Wednesday, May 4, appearing before Judge Melissia Mogen in Burnett County Circuit Court.