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Suspect in Clark County highway worker’s death will head to trial

Cory Neumueller
Cory Neumueller(Clark County Jail)
Published: Oct. 20, 2021 at 8:10 AM CDT
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WILLARD, Wis. (WSAW) - The 29-year-old man accused of driving drunk, killing one highway worker, and injuring another during a crash on Aug. 8 will head to trial.

Cory Neumueller is charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, two counts of hit and run, and injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle.

Investigators said Neumueller hit Russell Opelt, 57 and David Murphy, 60 with his vehicle while they were clearing a downed tree from the roadway on County Highway G near Mann Road. Opelt died of his injuries. Murphy was also injured.

Investigators said both men had orange safety vests and were nearby a truck with orange flashing lights. Court documents state Neumueller’s truck went off the roadway and went into the ditch. He went to a nearby home for help. There, the homeowner said Neumueller drank seven glasses of water and then was given a bottle of Gatorade.

Court documents state a preliminary breath test at the scene showed Neumueller as BAC of .114. Neumueller told the deputy he believed the reading was incorrect and asked for a blood draw. The results of the blood draw were not provided in the criminal complaint.

Neumueller is free on bond.

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