Bayfield Woman Charged After Fatal Crash

Posted at: 10/09/2012 1:52 PM
Updated at: 10/09/2012 6:46 PM

A Bayfield woman was charged with four felonies after a fatal crash this summer near Washburn that killed her two-year-old daughter. 23-year-old Chelsea Cadotte faces one felony count of second-degree reckless homicide and three felony charges for first-degree reckless injury.

"This is a very difficult case because it involves children," District Attorney Craig Haukaas said. "We have the death of a child that could have been prevented had safety restraints been used."

Back in July, deputies said Cadotte was speeding southbound on Highway 13 with her three children and 15-year-old sister. Officials said she was distracted by a child in the backseat which caused her to swerve and roll several times into the ditch. All four, young passengers were ejected from the vehicle and were not wearing seat belts.

"We believe she acted recklessly in providing this scenario where one of her children was killed, two others were severely injured and her sister was severely injured," Haukaas said.

Cadotte's daughter Mariah was killed in the crash and the three other passengers suffered life-threatening injuries. Cadotte's other daughter, four-year-old Miley, is still in a coma. Haukaas said Cadotte was cited multiple times before the crash for not belting her children while in the car.

Haukaas said alcohol is not considered a factor in the crash at this time. The use of drugs is still under investigation because Cadotte was taken to the hospital after the crash where she received medication. That complicated the toxicology report.

Signature bond was set at $25,000 during Cadotte's first court appearance October 16. Conditions include not driving with children in the car, remaining sober and submitting to random checking.

Her next court date is set for November 13.