Last June police responded to a report of two pedestrians who had been hit by a car in the city of Brookfield. Upon arrival, police found 63-year-old Cheryl Glass and 57-year-old Gail Umfleet lying on the ground. Umfleet died five days later.
Seven months later, 24-year-old Elizabeth Guhl of Brookfield has been charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle with a prohibited alcohol concentration, intoxicated use of a vehicle causing great bodily harm and great bodily harm by use of a vehicle with PAC.
According to a criminal complaint, Guhl had a blood alcohol content of 0.106 g/100 milliliters of alcohol upon being transported to Elmbrook Memorial Hospital after the accident.
Guhl told police that she had had one margarita with dinner that night and was driving from her father’s residence in the city of New Berlin to her mother’s in the city of Brookfield when the collision happened.
Guhl told police that she had been waiting to turn left onto northbound Moorland Road from eastbound West Greenfield Avenue and delayed turning after the left turn signal came on for a second or two at which time a vehicle behind her honked. She continued by saying that she felt pressured by the driver behind her and made the turn at a higher speed than normal and was watching westbound traffic on Greenfield before noticing the two women crossing the street.
The Department of Transportation provided a copy of footage from the video camera at the intersection which confirmed Guhl’s story. The video showed that the left turn signal was green when Guhl made the turn and that Glass and Umfleet were crossing against the “Don’t Walk” signal.
Police also spoke with the bartender at the restaurant where Guhl dined earlier that evening. The bartender said that Guhl had had one margarita and also drank part of another that a friend had ordered but had been unable to finish due to an allergic reaction.
Glass suffered a number of injuries including fractures to her ribs, pelvis and hand as well as chest trauma and pulmonary contusions.
If found guilty of all charges, Guhl could face up to 75 years in prison. She is next scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing in Waukesha County Circuit Court Feb. 10.