Holmen woman charged with hit and run resulting in death

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HOLMEN, Wis. (WKBT) – A Holmen woman is being charged with the hit and run death of her husband.

According to a criminal complaint, on February 23, 2019, the La Crosse County Sheriff Department was dispatched to W5414 County Road W in Holmen for a person found deceased in a snowbank. The caller, Lori Ann Phillips, was hysterical and told dispatch she was unable to administer CPR. When officers arrived on scene, Phillips was kneeling next to a body in a snowbank alongside the driveway. The deceased person was later identified as Mark Phillips, 48, of Holmen, Lori Phillips’s husband.

Lori told police Mark had been drinking the night before and they had an argument. She said, “He was coming around this truck to come and get me so I took off. His door was still wide open but I didn’t know that he was.” She said he was aggressive toward her and came toward the driver’s side door when she decided to take off. She told police she thought he might have been chasing after her, but she did not see him in her mirrors.

Lori decided to book a hotel but booked the wrong date, so she parked at Woodman’s for a few hours. When she returned home around 1:30-2 a.m. and tried sleeping on the couch. When she woke, so noticed Mark was not in the master bedroom and as she went to check for his vehicle in the garage, she noticed him lying in the snowbank.

Video evidence confirms the Phillips had visited a couple of bars the night before and also shows Lori arriving at a hotel and Woodman’s. The Phillips residence also had video cameras that were accessed remotely by Lori’s phone early on the day of the incident. Lori told police she unarmed the system when she came home to not trigger the motion detectors. According to the complaint, the camera system was unarmed during the incident, so no video was captured on the system.