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UPDATE: Charges filed against driver in fatal Barron Co. crash

Barron County (WQOW) - Homicide charges are filed Wednesday against the driver accused of hitting and killing another driver in Barron County.

Gary Clark, of Brandon, is now charged with homicide by drunk driving and homicide by negligent driving. The sheriff says he ran a stop sign and hit Kathleen Smith's car. The Rice Lake woman was killed and her teenaged grandson seriously injured.

According to the criminal complaint, Clark told deputies he thought he "blacked out" and didn't remember what happened. They say he told them he had two beers before the crash, but a breath test put his alcohol level over the legal limit. 

Clark's bond was set Wednesday at $15,000. He returns to court next week.


Barron County (WQOW) - Investigators believe alcohol was a factor in a crash that claimed a woman's life in Barron County.

Gary Clark, 62, of Brandon, is in jail for homicide by drunk driving. The sheriff says Clark didn't stop at a stop sign and hit a car.  The crash happened Monday night on Highway 8 west of Barron.

Kathleen Smith, 64, of Rice Lake was killed. She was driving with her 17-year-old grandson. He was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.


Barron County (Press Release) - On Monday, July 22, 2013, at 8:54 p.m., the Barron County Sheriff's Department received a call of a two vehicle crash on Highway 8 at 8th Street.

Upon arrival, it was determined that a truck driven by Gary Clark, 62, of Brandon was traveling south on 8th Street and failed to stop at the stop sign at Highway 8 and struck a car driven by Kathleen Smith, 64, of Rice Lake, who was pronounced deceased at the scene.

A passenger in Smith's car, James Smith, 17, of Rice Lake, was transported to Cumberland Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Clark was flown to Mayo Hospital in Eau Claire and later released and transported to the Barron County Jail on charges of Homicide by Intoxicated Use of a Vehicle.

Deputies from the Barron County Sheriff's Department along with the Wisconsin State Patrol, Mayo Ambulance, Cumberland Ambulance, Turtle Lake Police Department, Turtle Lake First Responders, Almena Fire Department and Life Link Helicopter were dispatched to the scene.

The Wisconsin State Patrol is reconstructing the accident scene. Highway 8 was closed for 4 hours.

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