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Merrill woman charged in fatal traffic crash


MERRILL, WI (WTAQ) - A Merrill woman is due in court Monday on nine felony charges connected with a traffic crash that killed two of her friends almost five months ago.

24-year-old Ashley Baumann was charged Thursday in Lincoln County with counts that include death and injury by drunk driving, negligent homicide, and reckless injury.

Authorities said Baumann drove a car that rolled over June 7th on a street in Merrill. Two of her passengers were killed – 33-year-old Jessica Hartwig and 31-year-old Misty Glisch, both of Merrill. A 29-year-old female passenger survived.

Merrill Police Chief Ken Neff said the State Patrol reconstructed the crash scene, and it reached the same conclusion as his investigators did earlier. He submitted the evidence to prosecutors Thursday morning.

Baumann is in jail pending her first court appearance.