Man charged in death of friend in crash involving Sheriff's squad, in court

WAUKESHA (WITI)  — Ihor Sahan, a St. Francis man facing homicide charges for a crash involving a Waukesha County Sheriff's squad car that killed his friend, was expected to reach a plea deal in court on Thursday, May 16th.

A plea deal was unable to be reached, and the case now moves toward a trial.

Investigators say Sahan was driving drunk when he slammed into a Waukesha County Sheriff’s squad car on I-94 near Sunnyslope.

“The accident caused the striking vehicle to go up in flames, and caused enough damage to the squad that the passenger side door was left inoperable,” Deputy Inspector James Gumm said.

Two deputies, identified as Bryan Skaar and Patrick Sykes jumped into action to pull Sahan and his passenger, 17-year-old Ryan Petri from their vehicle.

Petri was listed in critical condition after the crash, and died at the hospital on Saturday, November 3rd.

The Sheriff’s deputies were injured as a result of the crash.