Danica Molina will spend 90 days in jail — then four years on probation — for crashing her car into a tree in August 2014 while transporting a teenage passenger who died as a result of the collision.
Molina, 20, of Waukesha was sentenced on Dec. 22 in Waukesha County Circuit Court. Judge Lee Dreyfus presided over the hearing.
Molina during the hearing pleaded no contest to a felony charge of homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle. Dreyfus found her guilty but withheld her sentence in favor of probation, which included the jail term. If Molina does not satisfy the conditions of that probation, she will be ordered to appear again before the court for sentencing.
A criminal complaint said Molina was driving, and had 15-year-old Alyse Krauss as a passenger, on Aug. 2, 2014, when she lost control of her car and crashed it into a tree near Ryan Road and Bayberry Drive in the town of Lisbon. According to the complaint, the girls were headed to softball tryouts.
Krauss, a Pewaukee resident, was severely injured in the crash and died a few days later. She was a freshman at Waukesha North High School.
Molina was charged in connection with the crash in July 2016 — almost two years later.
Molina's car reportedly swerved off the road when rounding a bend near the site of the crash. A witness estimated the car was traveling about 50 mph when it slammed into the tree.
Molina told investigators she "just lost control" of the car, possibly when trying to change lanes, but said — and doctors confirmed — she suffered memory loss as a result of the crash, according to the complaint.
Court records indicate that Molina, a Waukesha North alumna, will have to perform 250 hours of community service; undergo a mental heath evaluation and any treatment deemed appropriate by her probation agent; and may only contact Krauss' family with their permission and under circumstances they deem appropriate as conditions of her probation.
She's scheduled to begin serving her jail term, with work-release privileges, on Jan. 4.