Facing the Drunk Driver That Killed Our Loved Ones

Today was an especially hard day for all of us.  Brysen Wills, the man that chose to drive drunk the night of November 2, 2016 which consequently killed Clenton Hall, Katey Pasqualini, Kim Radtke and Patrick Wasielewski was deemed not competent to stand trial yet by Judge Nicholas McNamara. The criminal case against him is suspended for now.

It’s not over though. He will be given mental evaluations every six months to assess whether he’s regained competency.  We have faith that justice will be served and he one day will have to suffer the consequences of his actions that took the lives of four successful young individuals.

The pain of having to be in the same courtroom with this monster is unimaginable. The self-control you need to have to stop yourself from running over to him and inflicting pain on him is unbearable, at least for me.  He was competent the night he chose to drive drunk, shouldn’t that matter?  These offenders are given more rights than the victims.

All I want to say is, “Please Think Before You Drink.” The actions of one can change the lives of many.

Caralee (Hall) Butzine

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Priorities at the State Capitol

As I sit and read another article on a Wisconsin man charged with his 12th OWI, all I can think is why isn’t more being done to keep these people off our roads.  This is the second 12th OWI offender that I know of in the last two months in Wisconsin.

Everyone knows Wisconsin has an enormous drunk driving problem, yet no one at the State Capitol does anything about it. There are a select few that try, but get shot down. Shouldn’t the safety of Wisconsin residents be their number one priority?  Isn’t it one of the lawmakers’ duties to pass laws that protect the residents?

Instead, our lawmakers are proposing a bill for woodchuck hunting, a robot delivery bill that delivers lunch, a baking bill so you can’t sell your cookies and working on changing the tampon tax.

As a resident of Wisconsin who just lost a dearly loved nephew, his girlfriend, his co-worker, and another young man to a drunk driver, I am outraged. Outraged that they are ignoring the victims of drunk drivers. Are woodchucks, your lunch, baking cookies and tampons more important than my nephew?

Why We Fight For Change

On the night of November 2, 2016 our lives were shattered.  Clenton Hall and his girlfriend Katey Pasqualini were killed by a drunk driver.  Also killed that night was Kim Radtke, a co-worker of theirs and Patrick Wasielewski, the sole occupant in another vehicle that was involved in the crash. Brian, the driver of the car that Clenton, Katey and Kim were in, did survive with serious injuries. The drunk driver also survived.

Our sole purpose in life now is to make sure no other family has to go through what our families are going through. How the actions of one man can ruin the lives of so many. Drunk driving is 100% preventable. We intend to take our fight to the State Capitol to make our voices heard and speak out against our lax OWI laws.

It’s time Wisconsin takes action to ensure the safety of all residents driving on our roads. We have an uphill battle with Wisconsin’s drinking culture, but we will NOT stop fighting until changes are made in honor of all victims of drunk drivers.