Cash Bond Set At $2,500 For Beaver Dam Woman Charged With Homicide By Intoxicated Use Of A Vehicle

(Beaver Dam) Cash bond was set at $2,500 Monday for a Beaver Dam woman charged with Homicide by Intoxicated Use of a Vehicle after the car she was reportedly driving went off Madison Street Bridge and into the Beaver Dam River which resulted in the death of a passenger. Cindy Lara-Esparza is also facing an additional felony charge of Homicide by Intoxicated Use of a Vehicle with a Prohibited Alcohol Concentration stemming from the April 2nd incident. Authorities were dispatched to the area near Ryan Cantafio’s Way, behind Park Plaza Pizza, at 1:52am. Beaver Dam Police Chief John Kreuziger told us at the time that the vehicle was upside down in the river when officers jumped in, encountering waist-deep water and strong currents. The officers were able to get the driver’s side door open and remove Lara-Esparza. The 23-year-old sustained non-life-threatening injuries but her 23-year-old boyfriend, Jared Frakes, was killed. Acquaintances reportedly told police the couple where having drinks earlier that night at Johnny’s Lounge. According to the criminal complaint, the bartender working that night said he (quote) “felt like they shouldn’t be driving.” Lara-Esparza consented to a blood draw to test for alcohol in her system which allegedly returned a result of point-two-one-two (.212). If convicted on both charges, Lara-Esparza faces no more than 50 years in prison. A judge will decide in August if there is enough evidence to order a trial.