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Ashland man accused of vehicular homicide appears in court

Superior Telegram An Ashland man accused of being under the influence of controlled substances when he crashed his car along U.S. Highway 2 in Douglas County in August, killing his 18-year-old passenger, made an initial appearance Monday in Dougl...

Superior Telegram

An Ashland man accused of being under the influence of controlled substances when he crashed his car along U.S. Highway 2 in Douglas County in August, killing his 18-year-old passenger, made an initial appearance Monday in Douglas County Circuit Court.

Derek Lee Nelis , 43, faces one count of vehicular homicide in the Aug. 16 death of Gabrielle Bresette in Maple. Cash bail of $10,000 was set for Nelis. He was ordered not to use or possess any controlled substances or paraphernalia without a prescription and not to operate a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license or permit. His next court appearance was set for Jan. 7.

Blood testing revealed that Nelis had methamphetamine and amphetamine in his system when he crashed his 2008 Ford Focus, according to the criminal complaint.

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Nelis was driving west on the highway about 5:15 a.m. when his car fully crossed the center-line into eastbound traffic, where it was struck by a logging truck. The vehicles’ passenger sides collided in an "offset head-on" collision, the complaint said.

When investigators executed a search warrant on the car drug paraphernalia was found, according to the complaint. The Wisconsin State Patrol reviewed the car’s airbag control module, which indicated that Nelis increased his speed about 4 mph in the seconds leading up to the collision and never applied the brakes.

An autopsy showed that Bresette died of multiple blunt force injuries. Methamphetamine also was detected in her system. She was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision.

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