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Eau Claire man sentenced to prison for fatal hit-and-run crash


Eau Claire (WQOW) - The driver in a fatal hit and run crash in Eau Claire, is going to prison.

Gregory Price, who's from Elk Mound, pleaded guilty Thursday to homicide by drunk driving. He was sentenced to four years in prison.

In February, Price's van hit an elderly man who was plowing snow with his ATV along Folsom Street. Joe Miller, who was 74, was killed. Police say Price drove off, and was chased by witnesses. Prosecutors say it was Price's 4th drunk driving offense.


Eau Claire (WQOW) - The alcohol level of the driver accused in Monday's fatal hit-and-run crash in Eau Claire was more than twice the legal limit, according to charges filed Wednesday.

Gregory Price, from Elk Mound, is now charged with homicide by drunk driving, hit-and-run causing death, and fourth offense drunk driving.

He's accused of hitting and killing 74-year-old Joe Miller. Miller was plowing snow with his ATV along West Folsom Street when he was hit. One witness said Price looked at the damage to his van, then got back in and drove off. Witnesses who chased Price said an ATV tire came dislodged from the van during the chase. Police say they also found an ATV fender wedged in the damaged van.

Police say Price first said he drank six beers, then later said he had six whiskey drinks over the past two hours. They say Price admitted he was drunk, and that he told them he left the crash scene because he didn't want to get a ticket.

In court Wednesday, the judge set Price's bond at $20,000.


Eau Claire (WQOW) - UPDATE: Eau Claire police have identified the victim in the fatal hit-and-run as Joseph D. Miller.


Eau Claire (WQOW) - Work to clear a fresh coat of snow turns into a police investigation along an Eau Claire street.

Police say a man plowing snow with an ATV was hit and killed, the driver then took off.

It happened near the corner of Folsom street and 33rd street around 5 o'clock.

Witnesses told police that the driver of a van hit the ATV, which was clearing snow in the road then sped off.

Those who saw it happen followed the van as it headed toward highway 312, that's where sheriff's deputies arrested the driver.

Gregory Price is being held in jail on suspicion of homicide by drunk driving, as well as 4th offense OWI. He'll appear in court tomorrow.

Police say the man who was killed was 74-years-old and he lived near where the crash happened.

He was treated at the scene by paramedics and rushed to the Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, but efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.


News Release from the Eau Claire Police Department

On February 17th, 2014 at 4:56 PM The Eau Claire Police Department and The Eau Claire Fire Department responded to the 3300 block of W. Folsom St. reference an ATV versus van crash.

Witnesses indicated that the operator of the van fled the scene after inspecting his damaged vehicle. Several citizens followed the van westbound on W. Folsom St. and then onto northbound Kane Rd. The driver continued on Kane Rd. north to Hwy 312. He was intercepted at that location by Eau Claire County Sheriff's deputies and taken into custody.

The driver was identified as:


He may be charged with the following three felonies:

- Homicide by Intoxicated use of a Motor Vehicle

- Hit and Run involving Death

- OWI 4th offense

He will appear in Eau Claire County Court on 02/18/14.

The victim was a 74 year old male who lived near the crash site.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the victim was engaged in snow plowing with his ATV and that he was in the roadway at the time of impact. The striking vehicle was traveling westbound.

He was treated at the scene by ECFD paramedics and taken to Mayo Health Systems in Eau Claire. Resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful. He was declared deceased at that facility.

The Eau Claire Police Department's Crash Reconstruction Team and Patrol Investigator will conduct detailed follow-ups in this investigation.

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