Kalispell Woman Convicted of Negligent Homicide

By Beacon Staff

A jury has convicted a Kalispell woman of three crimes in connection with in a 2006 traffic crash that killed a Bigfork man.

Wednesday afternoon, 27-year-old Steffanie Ann Schauf was found guilty of negligent homicide, negligent vehicular assault and criminal endangerment.

The negligent homicide verdict represented a reduced charge by the jury; Schauf was on trial for vehicular homicide while under the influence of alcohol.

Sentencing is set for May 29. Schauf remains free on bail.

Schauf was accused of running her sports car into the back of a pickup truck on July 1, 2006, sending it rolling down an embankment off U.S. 93 south of Whitefish.

The crash killed a passenger in the pickup, 24-year-old Brett Adams, and seriously injured the driver and another passenger.