August 30, 2011 | 04:11 PMELKHORN — A 33-year-old registered sex offender who blew a stop sign while driving a semi-trailer and killed an Evansville woman was sentenced Aug. 23 to five years in a state prison.
Jesse S. Grenier, of Fort Atkinson, also was sentenced to five years of extended supervision. He pleaded guilty June 22 to a felony charge of homicide by negligent operating of a vehicle.
Elizabeth Shults, 53, was killed in the crash. Shults was driving east on State Line Road when Grenier failed to yield the right of way at the intersection, according to a Walworth County Sheriff's Department press release.
Grenier's driver's license will be revoked for one year. In 1999, in Jefferson County, Grenier was convicted of second-degree sexual assault of a child. He was sentenced to three years of probation.
According to the criminal complaint:
The officer responding to the accident found a pickup truck pinned underneath a milk trailer about 200 feet from the intersection. The driver of the semi-trailer was very emotional, his hands were shaking and he started to cry when the officer approached him.
The driver told the officer, "I don't want to go to prison. I'm so sorry."
Grenier told an officer he had been traveling south on Highway K at about 55 mph. He observed a stop ahead sign and began to slow down the vehicle. Grenier said he realized he couldn't stop in time.
He said he didn't see any vehicles in the intersection and accelerated in attempt to get through the intersection safely.
Then, Grenier felt the impact of the crash, stopped his vehicle and called 911.
An electronic control module recorded the truck was traveling 51 mph about one second before impact.