Columbus Man Charged In Death Of Lake Mills Firefighter

(Columbus) A Columbus man accused of causing a drunk-driving crash that killed a Lake Mills firefighter in Monona is free on a signature bond. Investigators say Samuel Cremers was drunk when he struck Chris Truman on the Beltline on New Year’s Eve. Truman was trying to help two other people whose vehicle was stranded in a snow-storm. At Cremers’ bail hearing Thursday, Dane County Court Commissioner Jason Hanson noted that Cremers’ blood-alcohol level was below the legal limit. Hanson says there are a lot of cases like this with a high cash bond set but he recognizes that this “is a case that might be different.” Cremers blood alcohol level was reportedly point-zero-eight. Drunk-driving charges are possible with blood-alcohol levels below the legal limit, but they are generally tougher to prosecute. Cremers is due back in court on March 7th for his initial appearance. Truman’s funeral is on Sunday, with public visitations this weekend.