Corey Bolstad


Surveillance video released by the Holmen Police Department depicts the fatal Aug. 7 crash involving a suspected impaired septic truck driver.

Corey Bolstad, 34, was driving a Dodge Ram septic pump truck south on Sand Lake Road when a witness said he passed her in the oncoming lane and then hit the back of a Ford Explorer, causing it to roll several times. Bolstad’s truck then continued about 1/10 of a mile before crashing into a house.

The driver of the Ford, 65-year-old Rebecca Berndt of Onalaska, was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to police, Bolstad had amphetamines and heroin in his blood after the crash and 0.5 grams of heroin along with used syringes and a bottle of prescription stimulants and opioid pain relievers in his truck. Bolstad denied using meth or heroin the day of the crash but said he had taken prescription medication.

Shortly before the fatal crash, Bolstad rear-ended another vehicle on Sand Lake Road but failed to stop, according to police.

Bolstad, of Viroqua, was bound over for trial Tuesday after standing mute to charges of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, homicide by vehicle with a controlled substance, and homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle as well as possession of narcotics and hit-and-run of an attended vehicle.

The most serious charges carry possible sentences of up to 46 years.

Bolstad, who has two prior drunken driving convictions, is on probation. He was charged in 2016 with possession of methamphetamine, but that charge was dismissed when he pleaded guilty to a subsequent charge of bail jumping.



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