UPDATE 11/29/2018 3:02 pm
Steven Brownell has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from a car crash that killed his 10-year-old daughter. He was in court for a preliminary hearing Thursday morning.
He will be back in court in February for further proceedings.
UPDATE 10/8/2018 11:01 am
UPDATE: Father Charged for Reckless Homicide in Crash Claiming Life of 10-year-old Daughter
According to court documents, Steven Brownell has been charged with Homicide by Intoxicated Use of Vehicle, Homicide by Use of Vehicle with PAC, and 1st-Degree Reckless Homicide in Winnebago County Court.
Brownell will be back in court for further proceedings on November 1st.
On August 10th, Brownell crashed his Mustang in the Town of Winneconne, claiming the life of his 10-year-old daughter and seriously injuring his 13-year-old son.
For the full story, read the original report below.
ORIGINAL STORY 8/13/2018 5:59 pm
Child Dies in Winneconne Crash, Father Behind the Wheel
A 10-year-old girl lost her life Friday night in a car crash; her father was behind the wheel.
The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center received a 911 call about an erratic driver on the evening of August 10th.
Police say, a yellow Ford Mustang convertible going northbound on US 45 crashed north of HWY 116 in the Town of Winneconne while officers were trying to pinpoint the driver.
Witnesses told police the vehicle was traveling at an excessive speed, lost control, entered the east side ditch, and rolled onto its top.
In addition to speed, Officers believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.
10-year-old Kherington Brownell, from Lancaster, Ohio, died at the scene from injuries sustained during the crash.
13-year-old Kage Prince Brownell, also from Lancaster, Ohio, was transported via ambulance and treated for serious injuries.
The driver, and father of the two kids, 58-year-old Steven Brownell of Larsen and Milwaukee, was extricated and transported by Theda Star to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
No other vehicles were involved in the crash.
The tragedy of the accident prompted a personal message from the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office,
This was a horrendous event for all public safety personnel involved. Several of us have children these ages.
From dispatchers, to three separate law enforcement agencies, to the fire department and first responder personnel, ambulance paramedics, helicopter pilot and flight nurse, wrecker service members, crash reconstruction team members, and multiple witnesses who immediately attempted to render aid…this was horrible to have to experience.
Children are absolutely not supposed to die like this.
Our deepest condolences go out to the family.