Black River Falls Man Faces Homicide Charge


A Black River Falls man will face a homicide charge after he was involved in a fatal crash earlier this year. Jackson County D.A. Gerald Fox has charged Thomas Jahnke with homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle. Police say Jahnke had a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit the night of the crash.

Kayla Konemann of Lyndon Station died August 10th when the car she was riding in was hit by Jahnke's pickup truck near Black River Falls. Police say he ran a stop sign at a high rate of speed. They also say he did not have a valid driver's license. The driver of the car, Myles Vollmer of Portage, was critically injured. An additional charge of injury by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle was filed against Jahnke in regards to Vollmer's injuries.

Both men were airlifted to area hospitals due to the seriousness of the injuries suffered in the crash.

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