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  • Richard D. Hendricks
    Sep 11, 2013
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      Man charged in fatal accident saw demons


      SEPTEMBER 06, 2013 4:21 PM  •  TIM DAMOS NEWS REPUBLIC

      A Wisconsin Dells man believed he was being chased by demons when his erratic driving caused a fatal car crash last year, according to court documents.

      Sauk County prosecutors Friday charged 28-year-old Casey C. Wright with homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle related to a crash, which took place Aug. 8, 2012, in Lake Delton.

      But records filed in separate court cases involving the young man suggest he may have suffered from a mental illness. The documents detail a troubled family life that at times has required police and social services to intervene.

      During a hospital-bed interview with a detective after last summer’s crash, “Wright confirmed that he was driving the car to get away from demons that he believed were chasing him,” according to court documents.

      Witnesses told police Wright’s vehicle was “all over the road” before the crash, which occurred just before 11 a.m. They said Wright ran a stop sign and drove in and out of a ditch before he attempted to pass a semi truck and collided with an oncoming car along state Highway 23.

      The crash took the life of 22-year-old Lisa Mikec of Lake Delton.

      According to the criminal complaint, a blood analysis showed Wright had marijuana in his system at the time of the crash.

      Last summer’s crash wasn’t Wright’s first brush with the law.

      In 2005, he was charged with domestic battery and disorderly conduct after he allegedly became verbally abusive with his mother and twisted her arm in what police referred to as a “snake bite.”

      In 2010, his mother filed a petition for a restraining order against her son in which she referred to him as an “undiagnosed schizophrenic.” She wrote that her son had hallucinations, had hit and pushed her, and vandalized her home. However, the mother said her son refused to see a psychiatrist.

      “He cannot work,” Wright’s mother wrote. “He has threatened my life. All of these occurrences have happened within the last year. Lake Delton PD can verify.” After a court hearing, a judge denied the restraining order.

      One month later, the mother again filed for a restraining order – this time with the assistance of Hope House of South Central Wisconsin, a nonprofit that assists people facing domestic abuse.

      The mother detailed one instance in which she hid in the basement after Wright allegedly entered her home growling, saying “the devil was going to get me and that I would pay for this.” This time, the restraining order was granted.

      Two months later, Wright was charged and eventually convicted of disorderly conduct in Dane County involving an incident in which he allegedly obstructed a police officer.

      Wright has not been arrested in relation to the vehicular homicide charge that was filed Friday, but has been summoned to appear in court Sept. 25. He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

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