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John P. Marshall and Miranda Roellich

Prosecutors Friday charged an Onalaska driver with vehicular homicide in connection with the death of his longtime girlfriend.

John P. Marshall, 29, was operating a snowmobile Jan. 23 in the town of Onalaska when passenger Miranda Roellich struck her head on a tree hanging across a trail, according to the complaint filed in La Crosse County Circuit Court. He had a 0.09 percent blood alcohol concentration.

Roellich, of Brice Prairie, died Feb. 6. She was 27.

Marshall is charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and with a prohibited alcohol concentration. He returns to court April 4 for his preliminary hearing.

Authorities found Roellich on the bike trail west of Lytle’s Landing about 10:30 p.m. and Marshall vomiting nearby, the complaint stated. He said he ducked to avoid the tree but that it struck Roellich in the head, throwing her from the snowmobile. She was wearing a helmet.

Marshall wasn’t able to spell his girlfriend’s name or state the correct time of night. He told authorities he drank six beers throughout the day and that he shouldn’t have been driving the snowmobile, according to the complaint.

Roellich, a La Crosse native, was a manager at the Ultimate Salon and Spa in Onalaska.

“Miranda was bright in both mind and spirit. Her smile lit up every room she entered, and she will be forever missed by her family and friends,” according to her obituary. “Once you met Miranda, you never forgot her.”

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Police and courts reporter

Anne Jungen covers law enforcement and the criminal justice system in La Crosse County. She joined the Tribune reporting staff in December 2005. You can contact her directly at ajungen@lacrossetribune.com or 608-791-8224.

(12) comments

Mack

.09 is low for a snowmobiler (or even the black Ford Escape driving around La Crosse on Friday nights).

Oney Judge

don't drink and drive period. pretty simple. I'm a drinker, love a good scotch, but once poured in the glass. I don't think about riding any toys. you are responsible for people when you take control of any vehicle. it may be a tragic accident, but a young lady has lost her life in an irresponsible way and there should be a punishment.

pschams

A Holmen man who pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular homicide for drunken driving in the death of his wife five days before Christmas in 2014 has been sentenced to 90 days in jail — and an annual grim reminder of the crash.
For five years, Hunter Scott, 29, also must submit to 30 days of electronic home monitoring with an alcohol sensor starting on Dec. 20, the anniversary date of the crash that killed 27-year-old Laura Finseth Scott. The wreck occurred near her hometown of Fountain, Minn., where the couple had been visiting her family.
Minnesota District Court Judge Carmaine Sturino added that stipulation to other penalties, including five years of probation, 300 hours of community service and a $3,000 fine, during Scott’s Jan. 5 sentencing in Preston.
Laura, a beloved, award-winning nurse in the Family Birthplace at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare, died after the car her husband of three years was driving crashed on a slick Fillmore County Road 11 at about 7:20 p.m. Dec. 20, 2014.
Laura, who had been wearing a seat belt, died en route to a Rochester hospital, and Hunter was hospitalized with injuries.
A Minnesota State Patrol reconstruction of the accident determined that the vehicle missed a curve and crossed the center line. It slid sideways about 100 yards, hit a driveway and was airborne for 60 feet before landing on its wheels in a ditch, according to the report the vehicle was traveling between 65 and 75 mph on a surface that was slick because of a misty fog and was beginning to ice over, according to the patrol’s report.
Scott was driving in a "grossly negligent manner,” considering his speed, road conditions and alcohol impairment resulting from a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.15 percent, based on a preliminary breath test at the scene, according to the report.
He was charged in March with three felony counts of criminal vehicular homicide. He pleaded guilty Oct. 8 to a count of operating a motor vehicle with an alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or more, and the other charges were dismissed.

BichonFrise

Ok here I go...my son Tyler was in an accident in Marathon Co. in 2012 and his girlfriend was killed. His BAC was.09 and he had the exact same charges as Mr. Marshall. Some of you on here blasted my son. I will not stoop that low. I feel sorry for this young lady's family. But I also feel for Mr. Marshall, Wisconsin no longer has manslaughter on the books so throw that out the window. If he takes a plea deal he can't appeal it.. been there tried that. My son was sentenced to 5 years in prison and 9 years probation, he now has 27 months left of his prison sentence. At the time he had a clean record, but that didn't make a difference to the Judge. Tyler just celebrated his 25th birthday in prison. So I will be following this case closely to see how it compares with my son's case. Good Luck Mr. Marshall

DMoney

Tragic that a life was lost and terrible judgement here by the driver. But homicide? I might understand a lesser charge of manslaughter that is some days in county jail but homicide is outrageous. What's also crazy is he was.02 away from not being charged at all. I know a line needs to be drawn somewhere, but a lifetime of agony should almost be enough. You wonder what the victim would be thinking about this charge--can't imagine she would want to see her loved one locked up for years because of poor judgment and an accident.

Condor Kid

So tragic but certainly not a criminal offense.

sylvester

Laura bush beat the rap when she far over an ex boyfriend at a stop sign in texas

pahoehoe

Very unfortunate that a young lady lost her life like that...sorry but, is that her BF fault? He ducked but she didn't and she unfortunately died as a result. The ONLY thing here is that he was drunk....OK...if he had been sober, they wouldn't
T even be pressing charges! JUST because alcohol was involved, they are going to try to put someone who loved a woman, in prison. What will they accomplish?
Yes, I feel bad about her and he shouldn't have been drunk but, WHAT will they accomplish with a prosecution?

afmom05

It is very sad but more than likely she had also been drinking so didn't duck like he did. Prosecuting him is just compounding the tragedy. Wish they put that much effort into getting drug dealers locked away.

lutefisk

watch the da make an example of this guy.when thugs rule the streets..

Monteee

The district attorneys can't do much when the judges consistently refuse to send anyone to prison.

RJRKim

Montee, the D.A. has an obligation to argue for the citizens of LA Crosse County and try to keep us safe. The WHOLE Judicial System in La Crosse County is shattered !!!

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