Charges Against Man Involved in BUI Fatalities Will Stand

Publish date:
One of the boats involved in a fatal crash on Lake Winnebago Aug. 18, 2018, is removed from the lake. (WLUK/Chris Schattl)

One of the boats involved in a fatal crash on Lake Winnebago Aug. 18, 2018, is removed from the lake. (WLUK/Chris Schattl)

A Wisconsin judge is refusing to dismiss homicide charges against a man involved in a boat crashed that killed two sisters.

Brian Sullivan, 45, faces two counts of homicide after he was found boating under the influence on Aug. 18, 2018 on Lake Winnebago and crashing with another boat — killing Lauren Laabs, 26, and Cassandra Laabs, 20, according to Fox 11.

Prosecutors charged Sullivan with two counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, meaning the state must prove the operator of the vehicle was impaired.

The defense wanted the new counts dismissed, or asked that a preliminary hearing be held. Winnebago County Judge Scott Woldt ruled the new counts are permitted under the law, and denied the motions. Sullivan then entered not guilty pleas to the two new counts.

After the two boats collided, the sisters drowned after being thrown overboard. They were riding in a boat being operated by their father, Kim Laabs. They were not wearing personal floatation devices.

Laabs and Sullivan each say they were hit by the other boat.

Sullivan said he had four beers, and stopped drinking a few hours before the crash. His blood test, taken more than an hour after the crash, showed a blood alcohol level of .093. Laabs' blood test, taken about two hours after the crash, showed a blood alcohol content of .026, according to the complaint.


Suzuki Powers Forest River’s New Nepallo Pontoon Boats

The new Nepallo line of pontoon boats with Suzuki engines will be sold at select Camping World and Gander RV & Outdoors stores.

West Marine CEO to Keynote Annual MRA Event

With a “Climate for Change” theme, the Marine Recreation Association’s Educational Conference and Trade Show is set for Oct. 11-13.

Skeeter Owner’s Tourney Held on Lake Fork

A field of 2,000 anglers in 1,000 boats saw a nearly 10-pound bass capture first place in the annual Skeeter owner’s tournament.

Email Remains a Vital Marketing Tool for Dealers

A content marketing staple, emails can consistently deliver valuable and relevant information, if done correctly.

ABYC to Publish Largest-Ever Standards Manual

The nonprofit is offering pre-orders until June 18 of its updated standards manual, with a publication date of July 31.

Furuno, Simrad Add SiriusXM Fish Mapping Suite

The subscription-based service offers offshore anglers a suite of technology with which to locate and catch more fish.