Eau Claire (WQOW) - The man responsible for a deadly crash in Eau Claire is going to prison for a long time.
Travis Hazelton was driving a van that crashed on Clairemont Avenue in 2012. His passenger, Jesse Schreiner, was killed. On Monday, the judge gave Hazelton 19 years in prison for homicide by drunk driving and other charges. Hazelton was allegedly kicked out of a tavern because he was drunk. Minutes later witnesses reported that he was hanging out of his van window while speeding and swerving on Clairemont Avenue. Police say his van then crashed into a line of cars at a stoplight, killing Schreiner and injuring three others.
"There's not anybody from Eau Claire that's not familiar with Clairemont. It is a main thoroughfare used every day by law abiding citizens, their children, their parents. It is how we get just about anywhere in this town. You filled that with anger, resentment, intoxication, and a murder weapon at sixty miles an hour. And you did it recklessly, callously, cavalierly," said Judge Jon Thiesen of Eau Claire County.
His 19-year sentence is on top of a six-year sentence he's already serving for earlier convictions of forgery and other crimes.