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Oshkosh man charged in fatal OWI crash with suspended license

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OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ) - An Oshkosh man is due back in court Monday, after he was accused of causing a fatal traffic crash while he was driving with a suspended license while drunk.

A $50,000 cash bond was ordered for 57-year-old William Doemel on six felony charges that include causing death and injury by OWI and driving with a suspended or revoked license.

Winnebago County authorities said Doemel was driving an SUV which struck a van head-on in the town of Nekimi in December. 80-year-old Robert Zentner was killed, and his wife broke seven ribs, a knee, and a wrist.

Doemel’s blood alcohol level was 0.285 – or about three-and-a-half times the legal limit of 0.08.

Officials said Doemel’s license had been suspended due to a previous drunk driving conviction from 2011.

Besides his Monday appearance, Doemel is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing next Thursday, when a judge will decide if there’s enough evidence to order a trial. 

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