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Union Grove man charged with homicide after drunk driving crash

Posted at 6:08 PM, Jan 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-03 19:08:01-05

A Union Grove man has been charged in the wrong way-head on crash that killed a 53-year-old woman on New Year’s Day.

Christopher Thayer, 38, has been charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, according to the criminal complaint. The crash occurred just minutes after Thayer left Rivals Bar in Kenosha after a day of drinking.

Investigators say Thayer was traveling at a high rate of speed in his truck when he caused the collision on County Highway K around 6:30 p.m.

The crash killed Djuana Latshaw, a woman loved by many. Latshaw's 8-year-old grandson was also seriously hurt with lacerations and fractures.

“This is the type of case that if Mr. Thayer is convicted even given his lack of prior criminal record, he is likely to face a significant period of time incarcerated,” said Kenosha Court Commissioner, David Berman.

During his initial appearance, Thayer had visible scratches and bruises on his face.

A Rivals bartender interviewed by investigators said Thayer had about eight to nine alcoholic drinks that day. The criminal complaint also says the bartender offered to drive Thayer home but he refused.

Also, another patron in the bar offered to pay for an Uber for the defendant but Thayer still refused. Minutes after Thayer left and now two families are forever changed.

Thayer is also a father of two and owns his own construction business. His cash bond was set at $25,000. His preliminary hearing is set for Jan. 17.