Prosecution suspended in triple fatal crash case

Thelma Yashinsky (Oconto Co. Jail)

OCONTO (WLUK) - A deferred prosecution agreement has been entered in the case of an 84-year-old woman charged in connection with a triple-fatal crash.

The agreement means if Thelma Yashinsky complies with the terms of the agreement, the criminal charges against her will be dropped.

Yashinsky was behind the wheel on Oct. 24, 2015, when she drove through a stop sign and collided with another vehicle. Her husband, Edward Yashinsky, 91, Leora Raisler, 96. of Oconto Falls, and Grace Hyland, 89, of Oconto Falls, died in the crash.

Prosecutors charged Yashinsky with five counts, including three felony counts of homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle. The move drew criticism from her family, saying it was just an accident and that she had suffered enough.

According to the terms of the deferred prosecution agreement, Yashinksy must:

  • Not commit a crime for three years;
  • Not drive a vehicle outside a two-mile radius from her home;
  • Provide a letter from her physician in one year and two years stating there are no medical reasons she should not drive. She already provided one such letter as part of the agreement.

If Yashisnky fails to do any of those within the three years, prosecutors may re-open the case. If not, the charges will be dropped.

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