SAWYER COUNTY -- The Court has sentenced Ross Orlikowski, of Birchwood, WI, on his convictions stemming from a vehicle vs logging truck crash that occurred in February 2020 and left three injured.
DrydenWire reported previously that Orlikowski was facing criminal charges stemming from the crash that left Orlikowski, an adult female passenger, and a child passenger all injured.
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When Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the scene of the crash, they found Orlikowski’s green Plymouth Neon still under the rear of the logging truck that the Neon had crashed into. The two passengers and Orlikowski were all transported for medical care. Details on the outcome of their injuries are not known to DrydenWire.
Initially, Orlikowski was charged with Felony Operating While Intoxicated Causing Injury - 2nd and Subsequent Offense, Minor Child in the Vehicle; and Felony Operating With Prohibited Alcohol Concentration Causing Injury - 2nd+ Offense, Minor Child in Vehicle. Online circuit court records show that two additional charges of Class G Felony 2nd-Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety were later added.
At a hearing on December 22, 2020, the Court ordered a 9-year sentence for Orlikowski on his conviction of Felony Operating While Intoxicated Causing Injury - 2nd and Subsequent Offense, Minor Child in the Vehicle. The remaining charges filed against him were dismissed but read in.
Orlikowski is to serve 4 years of initial confinement in state prison followed by 5 years of extended supervision with credit for 170 days already served.
Conditions of extended supervision will require Orlikowski to undergo an OWI assessment within 72 hours and an Alcohol and Other Drug Assessment within 45 days and follow-through with recommendations; attend a Victim Impact Panel; obtain a driver assessment; maintain compliance with a driver safety plan, and pay nearly $2,000 in courts costs and fines.