Former Ripon Man Gets Probation And Jail Time For Fatal Accident

The former Ripon man accused of running into and killing a motorcyclist on Highway 44 near Ripon in July of 2014 has been sentenced to two years of probation and 60 days in jail. Twenty-five-year-old Travis Hartman of Green Lake was sentenced in Fond du Lac County Court. District Attorney Eric Toney says amended information was filed Monday changing the homicide by negligent use of vehicle charge to a citation for failure to yield resulting in death and two misdemeanor charges. He says that seemed to be a better solution for everyone. Hartman was reaching down to change the radio station in his car when he ran into the back of the bike in the Town of Ripon in July of last year. The collision killed 36-year-old Tym Hollerup of Ripon. Toney says Hartman was following too closely and at 54 miles per hour should have been slowing down for a reduced speed zone. He says if Hollerup had been in a car there might have been a better outcome. Hartman was also ordered to do 100 hours of community service, pay $7,000 in restitution and $1,700 in court costs. His driver’s license was also suspended for a year.