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Holmen man arrested after fatal hit-and-run

$100,000 cash bond set for Damien Mracek

LA CROSSE, Wis. - A Holmen man wanted in connection with a May 22 deadly hit and run appeared in La Crosse County Court Tuesday afternoon.

Damien Mracek, 31, has been charged with hit and run causing death and a felony bail jumping as a repeat offender.

Mracek turned himself in Monday around 8:30 p.m., according to the La Crosse County Sheriff's Department's Facebook page.

Authorities have been looking for Mracek since a May 22 hit and run in the town of Bangor that killed 75-year-old Darel Skolos of La Crosse.

Police say Mracek was driving on Highway B when he crossed the center line and hit Skolos' pickup truck head-on and then fled the scene.

Skolos was transported to Gundersen Health System in critical condition, with a hip fracture, spleen injury, broken ribs and other internal injuries, according to the criminal complaint. Skolos died from the injuries sustained in the crash on June 1.

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At Tuesday's court appearance, Mracek interrupted his lawyer to tell the judge how sorry he was. 

"If I may, I don't argue it one bit," Mracek said. "My sympathy goes out to the family and my condolences to them, and I apologize to this...."

Mracek is being held in the La Crosse County Jail on $100,000 cash bond.


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