Oshkosh man charged in crash with train that killed two women

WINNEBAGO COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - A 47-year-old man has been charged with the death of two women who were killed when a car and train collided in Oshkosh.

A criminal complaint obtained by Action 2 News shows Shawn L. Schettle is charged with two counts of Homicide by Intoxicated Use of a Vehicle; two counts of Hit and Run - Resulting in Death; and two counts of Operating a Vehicle While Suspended - Causing Death.

The complaint states that deputies were called Dec. 22 to the area of Washington and Broad in downtown Oshkosh. A car had collided with a train.

Deputies found a "highly damaged" vehicle and two people dead in the backseat of the car. The victims were later identified as Emily Mueller, 37, and Jessica L. Roby, 43.

The driver was not there. Police say witnesses described a man matching Shawn Schettle's description running away from the scene after the crash.

During the investigation, deputies saw a car pull into a home near the crash scene. Schettle was one of the people in the car.

Officers said Schettle had fresh scratches on him, and he told investigators his wallet might be in the car that had been hit by the train.

"The defendant had alcohol on breath and admitted drinking vodka," reads the complaint.

Schettle failed field sobriety tests, according to the complaint. He blew a .074 on a preliminary breath test. The legal limit to drive in Wisconsin is .08. Schettle agreed to a blood draw, but results are still pending.

A witness told investigators that he had been at a Christmas party and saw Schettle leave with Roby. The witness said Schettle later returned to the party and made a statement that "the car got hit by a train and that he bounced out of there."

Another witness said that Schettle made a comment that "something happened" and that he seemed "worried."

Investigators say Schettle had borrowed the car from a friend. His license is suspended.

On Wednesday, the court set Schettle's bond at $500,000. His next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 4.

A dog was hurt in the crash. The Oshkosh Area Humane Society says a one-year-old dog named Elsa was in the car at the time of the crash and suffered multiple pelvic breaks.

The dog was found injured and bleeding on Dec. 23, just blocks away from the crash scene.

On Thursday, the shelter announced that it had met its donation goal to cover Elsa's surgery.

"We are so very grateful to our compassionate community of supporters who believe in our life saving mission," reads a post on the Oshkosh Area Humane Society Facebook page.

How to donate:

Call OAHS as 920-424-2128

Visit http://www.oahs.org/



 
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