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UPDATE: Driver in deadly I-94 crash found not competent to face charges

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UPDATE (WKOW) --  A Dane County judge ruled Friday the man accused in a wrong-way crash that killed four people on Interstate 94 near Deerfield last November is not competent to stand trial right now.

Judge Nicholas McNamara determined Friday the criminal case against Brysen Wills is suspended.  Wills faces more than a half dozen felony charges, including charges of reckless homicide.  The judge also ruled Wills should be given mental evaluations every six months to assess whether he's regained competency.

Authorities say the 33-year old Wills was driving the wrong way on I-94, causing a crash that killed Clenton Hall of Waterloo, Katey Pasqualini of Milwaukee, Kimberly Radtke of Pewaukee, and Patrick Wasielewski of Northbrook, Illinois. All four were under 30 years old.  Authorities say Wills' blood alcohol level was .18, more than twice Wisconsin's legal limit.  Wills has two, previous drunk driving convictions in Missouri. 

Officials say Wills suffered brain injury in the collisions, and lives as an out-patient at a brain trauma center in Wisconsin.

In his ruling, Judge McNamara said he was not comfortable endorsing one expert's opinion that Wills would never be competent to face trial. However, a prosecutor maintained another expert said it was futile to try and help Wills regain competency right now.  "He said he wouldn't remember what he had for breakfast or if he even ate breakfast, by lunch time,"  said Assistant Dane County District Attorney Galen Stroebe.

"He created his own brain damage, because he caused the accident,"  says Melody Pasqualini, mother of victim Katey Pasqualini.  "And I just feel he needs to pay for what he did."

Pasqualini and another of the victims' mothers, Marla Hall, tell 27 News they understand why the case was suspended, and Wills' current diagnosis.  "I understand everything,"  Hall says.  "It's hard."

"My daughter's gone,"  Pasqualini says.  "I just hope and pray this doesn't happen to anybody else."


MADISON (WKOW) -- We'll find out Friday whether the man charged in the deaths of four people in a drunk driving crash near Deerfield is competent to stand trial.

Brysen Wills' lawyer says he has a brain injury from a devastating traffic crash in November. Police claim the 33-year-old was drunk and going the wrong way on I-94 near Deerfield when he crashed into two vehicles, killing four people under age 30. Clenton Hall of Waterloo, Katy Pasquialini of Milwaukee, Kimberly Radtke of Pewaukee, and Patrick Wasielewski of Northbrook, Illinois, were killed in the crash.

Wills' attorney says she's concerned about his competence to understand the legal process. So when she asked for a competency hearing, the judge agreed.

Wills has been out on bond getting treatment, but has been barred from driving and from drinking alcohol.

He has two past drunk driving convictions in Missouri.

We'll have you covered on the outcome of Wills' hearing Friday night on 27 News.

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