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No charges filed in fatal crash

January 18, 2019

JUNEAU -- No charges will be filed in a crash that killed a 37-year-old Beaver Dam woman in August 2018.

The decision to not prosecute was made public Wednesday in a memorandum from the Dodge County district attorney’s office.

Kayla Davis was killed while walking on the median shoulder of a Dodge County highway while trying to help victims of a crash that happened Aug. 17, 2017, on U.S. Highway 151 north of Forest Road in the town of Calamus.

An investigation revealed an unrelated two-vehicle property damage crash occurred in the northbound lanes of U.S. Highway 151 where the two vehicles came to rest in the median.

Troy Kelm was driving a 1999 Dodge Ram southbound on U.S. 151. He swerved to avoid colliding with the Ford Escape but struck Davis, who was a pedestrian outside of the vehicle, according to the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office.

The Dodge County medical examiner pronounced Davis dead at the crash site.

The Dodge County’s Sheriff Office Crash Investigation Team didn’t think criminal charges should be filed against Kelm and sent the case to the Dodge County district attorney’s office where they requested the Wisconsin State Patrol Technical Reconstruction Unit to review it.

Following the review of the case, Dodge County District Attorney Kurt Klomberg agreed with the police agencies that no criminal charges should be issued against Kelm.

Although no charges were filed against Kelm in the crash, “all the investigators, attorneys and agencies involved in this lengthy investigation offer(ed) their deepest sympathies to the family of Kayla Davis in regard to her loss,” according to the no prosecution memorandum.

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