Officials who investigated a fatal crash in Kentucky that resulted in multiple deaths say that the semi-truck driver who crashed into the back of an SUV was distracted. The accident occurred on Interstate 65 and caused the deaths of six people from Wisconsin, including two children. All of the victims of the wrongful death crash were passengers in the SUV. Additionally, two teens were injured and hospitalized. A Wisconsin couple, their foster children, and an elderly neighbor were on their return trip home from a vacation in Florida on the day of the crash. The driver of the semi-truck is from Michigan, and he sustained no injuries. This fatal accident caused delays on the interstate, and a subsequent smaller accident occurred in the opposite lanes of the freeway about 15 minutes later.
Law enforcement officials are investigating a fatal accident that left one motorist dead. The incident occurred during the early morning on Feb. 19, and it involved a box truck and a car. The box truck was traveling north on Highway 26 in an area near Oshkosh when it struck a car driving in a southbound lane. Snowy weather conditions were present when the truck accident occurred, and some nearby areas had reported between 2 and 7 inches of snow earlier that morning. As a result of the accident, the driver of the truck was injured, but he was not treated in a hospital. The driver of the car died at the scene.
In December 2012, a 57-year-old Oshkosh man was traveling in Nekemi when his vehicle crossed the center line and careened head-on into a van. The 80-year-old driver of the van was killed, and his 81-year-old wife suffered from several broken bones. The driver now faces charges for six felonies arising out of the accident, including homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle. He may also face civil liability for the wrongful death of the other driver if the surviving partner chooses to file a claim. The driver had already been convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol in 2011, which resulted in his driver's license being suspended, and he did not have a valid driver's license at the time of the 2012 collision.
Earlier this month, a sentence was handed down against a 28-year-old Wisconsin man who was driving under the influence and caused a car accident in Wheaton in June 2010. The crash resulted in the death of the man's 26-year-old passenger. Two others were seriously injured in the crash.According to a criminal complaint, the driver's blood alcohol level was 0.131 at the time of the accident. Records show that the man was driving when his Pontiac GTO hit a tractor-trailer that was traveling southbound before crashing into a Mazda 6 that was traveling northbound.
On June 25, 2011, a 29-year-old Eau Claire father died in a tubing accident near Holcombe Dam. The victim was riding in a commercially-made tube pulled by a boat, when the tube hit one of the concrete pillars located under County M. At the time, the boat was occupied by the 14-year-old driver and three adult passengers. Wisconsin law allows a child of at least 12 years of age to operate a boat as long as he or she has successfully completed a boat safety course. The driver of the boat had successfully completed the required course prior to the day of the accident. The victim's family filed a wrongful death suit, claiming negligence of the driver and three other individuals. The boat's owner was not named in the suit.
Two car crashes in two days in Anoka resulted in death for one Wisconsin victim. The second accident occurred when the Wisconsin resident attempted to make a U-turn in the middle of the road. She drove directly into the path of an SUV driven by a teenage girl, according to police sources. Although this crash happened in a neighboring state, the same scenario could have easily played out on Wisconsin roads. The crash killed the Wisconsin driver instantly and sent the SUV driver and a passenger to the hospital with injuries. The accident is under investigation to determine if a wrongful death occurred. The Anoka Police Department, the Anoka County Sheriff's Department, and the Minnesota State Patrol are involved in the investigation of the crash.
A Wisconsin man convicted of causing a fatal accident is looking at 10 years in prison, possibly the toughest sentence ever handed out for texting while driving. The 23 year-old was convicted 2nd degree reckless homicide for causing a December, 2012 crash that killed one man in Wood County. The young man admitted to police that he was texting his girlfriend and trying to respond to numerous other text messages when he blew through a "Stop" sign and struck another vehicle. The impact bounced his car into a third car with such force that the seat-belted driver was ejected and died on the scene.
One of the things that children learn in middle school science is the physics of moving objects. They learn that objects at rest tend to stay at rest, and objects in motion tend to stay in motion. Those same laws pertain to cars. If the vehicle you're riding in stops suddenly, unless you are belted you keep moving at the same speed you were moving before. Car stops, you keep going; out the window, through the windshield or through the roof. Elementary physics. It's too bad a young Bayfield woman didn't pay attention in class.
It appears that 2012 is shaping up to be a very bad year for Wisconsin motorcyclists. Three-quarters of the way through, the death toll already stands at 102. Even if there are no more fatal motorcycle accidents this year, the number of bikers killed will be fourth highest in the last 26 years. And it's not the new riders or reckless young people who are dying. Officials say the average age is 48, up from age 30 just ten years ago.