Driver in fatal crash had heroin in truck, appeared high

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - Officers suspect the man accused of killing an Onalaska woman in a crash Monday night may have been high on drugs.

34-year-old Corey Bolstad made his first appearance in court Wednesday.

According to the criminal complaint, multiple witnesses reported Bolstad speeding down Sand Lake Road and driving in the wrong lane, before hitting a car driven by Rebecca Berndt of Onalaska. The crash caused Berndt's car to flip several times. She later died from her injuries.

Witnesses say Bolstad kept driving after hitting Berndt, crashing into several mailboxes before coming to a stop after hitting a house.

Officers who responded to the crash say Bolstad was being difficult with first responders and appeared to be under the influence of drugs. A bag of heroin was later found in Bolstad's truck.

He's being charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, homicide by vehicle with use of a controlled substance, hit and run, and possession of narcotic drugs, all as a repeat offender.

Bolstad previously had two other OWI charges on his record.

He faces up to 40 years in prison and is being held on a $50,000 cash bond.

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