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Teen Dies from Injuries Suffered in Crash That Injured 2 Deputies

The 18-year-old driver is now charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle.

Ihor M. Sahan, 18, of St. Francis, is charged with killing his friend in a car accident that injured two Waukesha County sheriff’s deputies on Interstate 94 in Brookfield on Thursday.

The Waukesha County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed Monday it will conduct an autopsy on Sahan’s friend, 17-year-old Ryan Petri, who was transported to Children’s Hospital by Flight For Life. A criminal complaint states Petri, who was not wearing a seatbelt, sustained massive brain trauma from the crash.

Sahan is charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and two counts of misdemeanor causing injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle. Sahan faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of the homicide.

Sahan was charged Friday, but the charges were upgraded to homicide Monday.

Sahan was driving Petri home from a concert in Madison where Sahan admitted he consumed six vodka and Gatorade drinks, according to the criminal complaint.

While Sahan was driving home, the complaint states, two deputies were parked on the freeway in a Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department’s squad car. Sahan was driving 74 mph before crashing into the vehicle, the deputies reported.

The deputies reported being struck “very hard” in the accident that dislodged the squad car’s computer, chipped a deputy’s tooth and spun the squad car around. Sahan’s vehicle was engulfed in flames, so the deputies pulled Sahan from the vehicle and freed Petri, who was unresponsive, according to the criminal complaint.

Sahan’s blood alcohol concentration was .135 percent, the complaint states.

“I had started getting tired and fell asleep (while driving), behind the wheel. … I realized, I had crashed and my car was in flames,” Sahan told investigators, the complaint states. “My friend was unconscious and an officer from the squad car came out and pulled my friend out.”

One deputy is receiving treatment for back and neck pain, a contusion to his arm and a kneecap injury. His medical treatment is ongoing. The other deputy, who had a contusion to his head, and back and neck pain, will return to work Thursday where he will be able to perform “sedentary work,” according to the complaint.

Sahan remains jailed in lieu of $100,000 bail. He returns to court Tuesday.

KAY KRISTIN November 05, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Maximum of 15 years? Not enough.
mz.ladii03 November 05, 2012 at 11:43 PM
I cannot believe this. i bought my car from him :'( Rip Ryan
Soul Searching November 06, 2012 at 01:33 AM
I like what Stephen had to say. What I say is we can't expect the city to drive around our folks with drinking problems. They won't do that. That would encourage the Problem Drinker to not look at there problem. You know, I've been around for 61 years and when i was drinking I saw a lot. I'm sick and tired about this hole drinking issue. Almost every day you hear someone getting killed on our roads from intoxicated people. Yet it's so available. And you know what, it's not just the common people. I've been in bars and not just Waukesha County, where the off duty police hang out. They leave and there Alcohol content is over the limit. Judges, Businessmen, Lawyers, Politicians all taking the edge off a stressful day. They're just people like anyone else. But how often do you hear about them getting caught. Who do you see at the Victim impact panels, not them. It's all a money thing. Alcohol is a money maker. The breweries pay our Government to keep Alcohol legal. Same as Tobacco. There both killers yet there both legal. However I still smoke Cigarettes and I hate it. I quit Alcohol long ago. I got sick to my way of life with that poison. I'll do the same thing with cigarettes. I just can't stand it, it's killing so many of our people, yet its legal. Who's Kidding Who. They should take that Tax Money on Alcohol and Tobacco and put into Treatment Centers you don't see much anymore. I hope someone from MADD reads this, I'm a Male, Can I join MADD?
gg January 31, 2013 at 01:15 AM
WHEN are they going to start making those cars with ignitions that detect alcohol and won't let the car start. That should had been done many years ago.

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