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Dog distracts driver; Boy Scout leader and Scout die in crash

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Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

Dane County authorities say charges are still possible against a motor home driver whose dog distracted him, causing a crash that killed two people.

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Investigators said the dog jumped on Gary Boldt's lap, just before the Pewaukee man lost control of the motor home and veered across the center line on Highway 151 near Verona last Saturday.

It struck an SUV, killing Boy Scout leader John Seier of Dubuque, Iowa, and Scout Travis Brune, 13.

Two other Scouts in the SUV were injured, as they were on their way to a rock-climbing expedition.

There's no law requiring pets to be restrained while on the road.

But Dane County sheriff's spokeswoman Elise Schaffer said the case was still referred to the DA for possible charges ranging from failing to maintain control to vehicular homicide.

Schaefer said a dog is just like any other distraction in a vehicle, and those distractions need to be eliminated.

Seier, the scout leader who died, had received numerous awards for his dedication to scouting, and he helped 20 boys become Eagle Scouts in his 24 years of service.

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