FRIDAY 3/5/2021 10:30 a.m.
MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) — A Manitowoc woman has pleaded not guilty to driving drunk and causing an interstate crash that killed her granddaughter.
Fifty-one-year-old Monica Walker is charged with three felonies, including homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle in a Feb. 8 crash on Interstate 43 in Manitowoc County which killed 9-year-old Tkyia Brewer.
Walker entered the pleas Thursday in Manitowoc County Circuit Court.
Walker told investigators the crash happened when she hit an icy patch while eating a hamburger.
A complaint says Walker’s blood alcohol content was .09.
Because of a prior drunken-driving conviction, Walker’s legal driving limit was .02.
UPDATE: Driver charged with homicide, says she drank the night before
THURSDAY 2/11/2021 1:06 p.m.
(WFRV) – Monica Walker was charged with two counts including homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle while having prior intoxicant-related conviction/revocation after a car crash killed her granddaughter.
According to the criminal complaint, officers went to the area of I-43 northbound just south of Middle Road for a one-vehicle rollover accident.
Officers confirmed that a female child was ejected from the vehicle and was not conscious or breathing. Life-saving attempts were stopped due to the severe head injuries and no obvious signs of life in the female child.
Officers noticed Walker crying hysterically with a Wisconsin State Patrol Trooper. While in the back of an ambulance Walker began to get out of control and was combative with paramedics. Officers asked Walker a series of questions after she calmed down.
According to Walker, they just left Wendy’s in Manitowoc and were on their way to Green Bay to pick up the child’s mother. While driving toward Green Bay she was trying to eat the hamburger and the vehicle went off the road and onto the icy shoulder. Walker said once she was on the shoulder she could not control the vehicle.
Walker said she entered the ditch, and the vehicle rolled over and did not know how many times the vehicle rolled over. When the vehicle stopped rolling Walker was able to get out and noticed the child was not in the car and saw her lying in the snow.
Officers noted that they detected a moderate odor of intoxicants coming from Walker while talking with her.
Walker was transported to a local hospital to be further evaluated. Once at the hospital officers continued to ask Walker some questions.
Walker yelled that she “did not want to kill her grandbaby!”
Officers told Walker they noticed some beer cans in the vehicle and asked her if she had been drinking. Walker advised officers that she does not drink and drive but had some drinks the night before.
Walker agreed to a preliminary breath test (PBT), which showed a 0.092% BrAC. This was over the legal limit of 0.08% to drive a vehicle. Walker stated she did not drink in the morning.
Walker was transported to the MTSO Jail.
Walker was charged with the following charges:
- Homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle while having prior intoxicant-related conviction/revocation
- Knowingly operate motor vehicle while revoked – cause death of other
There is no other information at this time, Local 5 will update this story as more information becomes available.
UPDATE: Woman, child involved in fatal car crash identified
(WFRV) – The Manitowoc County Sherriff’s have released more information on a fatal crash that happened Monday.
51-year-old Monica Walker from Manitowoc was the driver of the car that lost control on I-43. The vehicle overturned and her 9-year-old granddaughter Tykia Brewer was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene.
A $10,000 cash bond has been issued for Walker. The Manitowoc District Attorney had asked for a $50,000 cash bond, while the defense attorney asked for a signature bond.
During the hearing, Walker’s daughter said her mom did not mean to cause the accident.
Walker is scheduled to be back in court for an initial appearance February 15.
ORIGINAL STORY: 9-year-old girl dies in rollover crash, driver arrested in Manitowoc Co.
Feb 8, 2021, 02:33 p.m.
(WFRV) – The Manitowoc Sheriff’s Office has released information regarding a fatal car crash.
The crash happened Monday, February 8 around 8:40 a.m. when officials responded to a single vehicle roll over crash on I-43, south of Middle Road in the township of Manitowoc Rapids.
According to the investigation, a 51-year-old woman from Manitowoc was driving a 2006 Buick Rendezvous northbound on I-43 when she lost control and went into the ditch.
The SUV overturned and a 9-year-old girl who was a passenger was ejected from the car. She sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver was taken to a local hospital for injuries and was arrested for homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle and operating after revocation- causing death.
The crash remains under investigation.