Beaver Dam Man Heading To Trial On Vehicular Homicide Charges

(Horicon) A Beaver Dam man charged with Homicide by Intoxicated use of Vehicle is heading to trial. Dustin VanderGalien waived his right to a preliminary hearing on 14 felony counts including several counts of Injury by Intoxicated use of a Motor Vehicle stemming from a multi-vehicle crash that killed one person last July. According to the criminal complaint, VanderGalien was driving a Chrysler Sedan on Highway E east from State Highway 26 when he crossed the centerline and struck a Chevrolet Equinox. The Chrysler then hit a Ford Focus that had been travelling behind the Equinox. Twenty-two-year-old Gavin Rivas from Orfordville, who was a passenger in the Focus, died from his injuries. Multiple people required transportation to area hospitals for treatment. At the scene, VanderGalien allegedly admitted to drinking a several mixed drinks prior to the crash. The 35-year-old was flown to UW-Hospital where a blood draw was later taken which reportedly found alcohol in his system. Vandergalien has two previous OWI convictions in 2008 and 2015. If convicted on all charges, VanderGalien could face no more than 165 years in prison. An arraignment hearing is scheduled for August 12th.