Driver Charged in Connection with Fatal Wisconsin Car Accident

Aug. 23, 2012

A 20-year-old Wisconsin man is facing charges in connection with a car accident that claimed the life of a young man and left himself and three other individuals seriously injured. The Oconto Times Herald reports the crash happened on June 15, just before 1 a.m. on Oak Orchard Road, just east of Abrams, Wisconsin.

Reports from the Oconto County Sheriff’s Department indicate the driver of a Toyota Scion was traveling at speeds in excess of 120 mph along the road when he suddenly lost control of the vehicle, spun out, and hit a ditch. Three passengers in the vehicle, a 17-year-old male along with two teenage girls, were ejected from the vehicle due to the force of the Appleton auto accident.

The three backseat passengers were airlifted to local hospitals, where the two girls remain in critical condition and the young man died shortly after arrival. A male front seat passenger in the vehicle suffered minor injuries.

The driver was charged with one count of reckless homicide and three counts of reckless injury. He is expected back in court in early September to answer the charges.

An Appleton injury attorney with Sigman, Janssen, Sewall, Pitz & Burkham can understand how devastating an injury caused by another person’s negligence can be, and they encourage anyone who has been injured in an accident caused by a careless driver to explore their legal options.