Janesville woman stands mute to charges involving June traffic death

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Frank Schultz
November 24, 2015

JANESVILLE—A Janesville woman stood mute in Rock County Court on Tuesday to charges of causing death and injuries by intoxicated driving in a Interstate 90/39 traffic crash in June.

Court Commissioner Stephen Meyer entered not-guilty pleas on behalf of Mackenzi S. Adams, 20, of 1532 Ontario Drive.

Jessica Border, 26, of Lake Geneva died in the four-vehicle crash on the night of June 13 on the Interstate near Beloit. Three other members of the Border family—her husband and children ages 8 and 5—were injured, one of the children gravely.

Two others in another vehicle also were injured, police said.

Adams was not injured after the car she was driving hit concrete barriers and became disabled on the Interstate, witnesses told police. Two vehicles pulled over, and a semitrailer truck then hit Adams' car, and then the two parked vehicles were struck, the State Patrol reported at the time.

Also on Tuesday, Adams' lawyer, Jack Hoag, submitted a request for a different judge. The case had been assigned to Judge Richard Werner.

Adams is free on a $2,000 cash bond, with conditions that include absolute sobriety, no driving and a 7 p.m. to 7a.m. curfew with an exception for work.


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