December 22, 2014

Man charged in two drunk driving deaths

Tim Saavedra

Tim Saavedra

A man charged with driving drunk and killing two Wisconsin Rapids women has been released on bond. Tim Saavedra made a bond appearance in Portage County court Monday. Judge Thomas Flugaur set bond at $25,000. Saavedra was able to make bond later that day.

The 22 year-old Saavedra was the driver of a pickup that crashed into trees after he lost control southeast of Rudolph Saturday. He must remain sober and away from any place that serves alcohol, and he must not have contact with the victim’s families.

The funeral for 21-year-old Melissa Peterson-Suzda of Wisconsin Rapids is today. The funeral for 21 year-old Stephanie Eberhardt of Wisconsin Rapids is at noon Thursday. The only surviving passenger from the crash, 21 year-old Lee Hogan of Rudolph, is still hospitalized in fair condition.

Larry Lee, WSAU