Man accused of OWI in fatal crash with train

Shawn L. Schettle (Photo courtesy Winnebago Co. ail)J

OSHKOSH (WLUK) – An Oshkosh man has been charged with two counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle for the car-vs.-train crash Friday which killed two people.

Emily Mueller, 37, and Jessica Roby, 43, were killed in the crash at Washington Avenue and Broad Street.

Shawn Schettle, 47, faces six counts in all. Other counts include hit-and-run resulting in death, and operating with a suspended license. Schettle made his initial court appearance Wednesday, where a $500,000 cash bond was set. He returns to court Jan. 4 for a preliminary hearing, court records show.

A witness told police that Schettle had left a residence, returning later, and “said the car got hit by a train and that he bounced out of there,” according to the complaint.

According to the criminal complaint, Schettle borrowed a car, even though he didn’t have a valid license. After the crash, Schettle gave police varying accounts of what happened, but admitted to smoking marijuana and drinking vodka before the crash.

A preliminary breath test, which isn’t admissible in court, showed a blood alcohol level of .074. Blood test results were not cited in the complaint.

Schettle has one previous drunken driving conviction from a 1995 incident, the complaint says.

Meanwhile, the Oshkosh Area Humane Society is accepting donations for the care of a dog which was injured in the crash.

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