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Holmen man gets 10 years in prison for fatal hit-run crash

Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

LA CROSSE, WI (WTAQ) - A La Crosse area man will spend 10 years in prison for killing an elderly man in traffic crash and then driving away. 

31-year-old Damien Mracek of Holmen must also spend 10 years under extended supervision when he gets out. He struck a plea deal which convicted him of fatal hit-and-run. A felony bail jumping charge was dropped. 

Authorities said Mracek's car crossed a center line near Bangor in May, and hit an oncoming vehicle driven by 75-year-old Darel Skolos -- who died two weeks after the crash. 

Officials said Mracek turned himself in a few weeks later. Prosecutors said Mracek took methamphetamines on the day of the crash, and he fled to avoid a drug charge since he was on probation at the time. 

The defendant denied taking drugs the day of the crash. Still, he apologized to the victim's family during his sentencing Monday.

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