Michelina "Miki" Combs, 15, was walking with a friend on rural County Highway N when she was struck by Heckel. The injuries resulting from the crash were severe enough to cause her death at the scene of the accident. Family and friends were upset that the driver of the car did not receive a single citation over the fatal accident.
After filing a wrongful death suit last month the victim's mother found that the Kenosha County Attorney has finally taken notice and announced to the families attorney that he would be personally reviewing the crash investigation. In addition, the Wisconsin State Patrol will work to review the case.
After hitting the teen, the driver, Denise Heckel, was not administered a field sobriety test or breathalyzer, despite the fact that she admitted to drinking five wine coolers earlier in the evening. She has not been charged in any way for her role in the accident. Suspicions arose when it was found that the driver wasn't not given a blood-alcohol test until two hours after the accident. In addition, Heckel is the cousin of Sherriff David Berth, is a former dispatcher for the department and her husband, a passenger in the car at the time of the accident, is a Kenosha Police Department sergeant.
The family's attorney has reported that State Patrol officials are going to reconstruct the accident scene, that they have located the vehicle and have requested all information as it pertains to the crash.
The wrongful death attorneys at Hupy & Abraham would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of the victim. Though the answers you get will not make up for your loss, we hope that they bring you some measure of peace.