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No charges to be filed in crash that killed Bloomer teacher

Chippewa County (WQOW) -


District Attorney Steve Gibbs has clarified the circumstances surrounding Chad Sommer's access to the car involved in the crash that killed Bloomer teacher Derek Thompson.  Gibbs says the keys to the vehicle had been left under the floor mat, inside the vehicle, and that's how Sommer was able to get them.


No criminal charges will be filed against the driver of a vehicle that collided with a mini-van, killing a Bloomer teacher.

District Attorney Steve Gibbs told News 18 that Chad Sommer, of Bloomer, has a genetic birth defect and had earlier been declared incompetent.  Officials say Sommer was driving in the wrong lane of Highway 64 in April when he collided with a van driven by Bloomer teacher Derek Thompson.  He died at the scene.

Gibbs says an investigation showed Sommer had stolen the keys to an SUV from a place where his mother had locked them up.   He says Sommer did not have a drivers license and does not know how to drive.


Chippewa County (WQOW) - According to Chippewa County Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk, Derek Thompson, a teacher from Bloomer High School, died in a car accident Saturday night.


Chippewa County (WQOW) - According to the Chippewa County Sheriff's Department, one person is dead after two vehicles collided Saturday night in the Township of Bloomer.

The crash took place around 9:45 p.m. on STH 64, just East of 102nd Street.  The vehicles were traveling in opposite directions and collided.  One vehicle had five people inside: the driver died at the scene, the other four passengers were transported by ambulance to local hospitals with unknown injuries.

The other driver was alone in the vehicle, and was also transported by ambulance to a local hospital with unknown injuries.

Agencies Involved: Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office, Bloomer Police Department, Wisconsin State Patrol, Chippewa County Coroner’s Office, Bloomer Fire, Bloomer Frist Responders, Bloomer Ambulance Service, Cornell Ambulance, Chippewa Falls EMS, Mayo 1 helicopter, and North Memorial Helicopter.

The cause of the crash is still being investigated.  No names have been released at this time.

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