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Jury trial set in fatal crash
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DARLINGTON - A two-week jury trial is set for October for a Shullsburg man charged with causing the death of his girlfriend by driving drunk and crashing her car in August 2011.

Kyle Lee Monahan, 23, faces three felony homicide charges related to the death of 21-year-old Rebecca Lynn Cushman. The most serious charge, a Class D felony, has a penalty of up to 25 years in prison and a $100,000 fine, or both.

His trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 30 and continue through Oct. 11 in Lafayette County Circuit Court.

The trial was set during a hearing Thursday morning before Judge William Johnston. Monahan has not yet entered a plea in the case.

According to court records, Monahan was driving Cushman's 2001 Saab station wagon on Dunbarton Road east of Shullsburg at about 8 p.m. August 20, 2011, when he lost control of the vehicle and it crashed.

He told an officer on scene they'd been drinking at the Wheel Inn in Shullsburg, according to the officer's report from the crash scene. Neither he or Cushman was wearing a seatbelt. The car rolled over numerous times, ejecting both.

Cushman, of Rumford, Maine, was pronounced dead at an area hospital. According to her obituary in the Portland (Maine) Press Herald, she was working as a nanny in Chicago.

Monahan was also seriously injured in the crash and transferred to a Rockford hospital.

State court records indicate Monahan was convicted of driving drunk in January 2011.