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Not guilty plea entered for Stokes
Maquita Q. Stokes (Times file photo: Anthony Wahl)
MONROE - A woman from Rockford had a plea of not guilty entered on her behalf for charges of vehicular manslaughter.

Maquita Q. Stokes, 30, appeared in court Thursday, March 6, without the cane she used in her last appearance, for a crash that killed Antone C. Grawehr, 81, Browntown on Aug. 8.

Stokes, a mother of five children, is charged with two Class D Felony counts, one for homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and one for homicide by use of a vehicle with a prohibited alcohol concentration. She also faces three Class F counts of injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle and injury by use of a vehicle with a PAC. If convicted of all charges she could face a total of 100 years in jail.

Stokes has a pre-trial conference scheduled for June 3.

The homicide charges are for the death of a driver, Grawehr. The injury charges are for Grawehr's wife Alma, 82, who sustained a wrist fracture in the crash, and for Stokes' passenger Charlotte M. Jones, 41, whose arm was fractured.

According to court records, the Grawehrs were on their way home from their son's wedding in Milwaukee shortly after 10 p.m. traveling westbound on Wis. 81 just south of Brodhead, when Stokes' eastbound SUV swerved over the center line and collided head-on with the Grawehr's silver Dodge Caravan.

Antone Grawehr died on scene due to cardiac arrest after the force of the crash crushed his legs, broke his ribs, fractured his pelvis and left him with multiple lacerations and head injuries.

Stokes was also seriously injured and was flown by Medflight helicopter to a Rockford hospital. Her attorney Guy Taylor said she is having physical therapy but has been out of work since the August crash.