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Taylor woman charged with negligent homicide in 2012 crash

BLACK RIVER FALLS, WI (WTAQ) - A west central Wisconsin woman is due in court Monday for a traffic crash that killed a motorcyclist 14 months ago.  

26-year-old Randi Rupnow of Taylor was charged this week with negligent homicide in the death of 28-year-old Jesse Rauk of Neillsville.  

Jackson County authorities said Rupnow's van turned into the path of Rauk's oncoming motorcycle last October 10th on Highway 12-27 in the town of Adams. Investigators said Rupnow failed to see the oncoming motorcyclist for what they called an "undetermined reason."  

Rupnow told authorities she slowed down to turn into a parking lot to pick up her son, and she never saw the motorcycle before it hit her van.  

The crash happened during daylight -- just after 10 a.m. -- and a witness said the bike had its headlight on. Officials said weather was not a factor.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)