A Viroqua man is in custody on vehicular homicide charges after striking several vehicles and a home Monday evening in Holmen, killing a 65-year-old Onalaska woman.

Corey Bolstad was driving a Dodge Ram septic pump truck on Sand Lake Road about 6:50 p.m. when he struck a vehicle driven by Rebecca Berndt near Sand Lake Elementary School, according to Holmen police.

Corey Bolstad


Bolstad’s truck then collided with a nearby house. Nobody inside the residence was injured.

Berndt was taken to a La Crosse hospital, where she died.

Bolstad, 34, was taken to a local hospital with unknown injuries and was booked into the La Crosse County jail Tuesday on suspicion of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, hit-and-run causing death and reckless driving causing great bodily harm.

Shortly before the fatal crash, Bolstad was involved in two other hit-and-run crashes about 1½ miles from the scene that did not result in any injuries, said Holmen Police Chief Shane Collins.

He was also cited for half a dozen traffic violations, including unreasonable speed, passing in oncoming traffic and failure to maintain control.

A woman who identified herself as co-owner of Best Kept Portables but declined to give her name said Bolstad was employed by the company on Monday but has since been fired.

According to court records, Bolstad was charged in 2016 with possession of methamphetamine after police found a needle in his pocket when arresting him on a probation violation. That charge was later dismissed after he pleaded guilty to subsequent bail jumping charges. He was sentenced in April to one year on probation.



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