Boater involved in fatal crash pleads not guilty

Published On: Dec 14 2012 10:43:35 AM CST   Updated On: Dec 14 2012 04:52:13 PM CST
MAUSTON, Wis. (AP) -

A 22-year-old man driving a boat involved in a fatal crash has had a not-guilty plea entered on his behalf in Juneau County.

Prosecutors say Christopher Collins and four friends were boating on Castle Rock Lake last July, stopped at an island party and visited a couple of bars. With Collins at the wheel, the boat slammed into a bridge pillar on the lake. Passenger Michael Miklavicic died from his injuries. Authorities say Collins had a blood-alcohol content of 0.13 percent when tested at a hospital.

Collins is charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and causing injury by intoxicated operation of a boat. The Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune says Collins stood mute Thursday at a plea hearing. The judge entered a not-guilty plea on his behalf.