Eight-year-old hit by electrical wire following Sheboygan Co. car accident


by Chris Patterson
by Elizabeth Fay

TOWN OF RHINE -- An eight-year-old Manitowoc boy was injured after John Krizenesky, 64,  crashed his car into a power pole causing live wires to strike the child, according to the Sheboygan County Sheriff's Deparment. The child, Malachi Blanke, was playing in his grandparents' front yard in the Town of Rhine when the incident occurred.

"We are glad he is alive. He could have been dead," said the boy's grandfather, Jack Blanke.

According to the Sheboygan County Sheriff's Department, Krizenesky lost control, drove through a ditch and onto the lawn of Blanke's house near State Highway 57. The car, a 1966 Corvette, crashed into a power pole and caused it to split. The child was struck by live power wires in his arm and shoulder causing burns and shock. He was transported to Children's Hospital in Milwaukee via Flight for Life.

The Sheboygan County Sheriff's Department says alcohol may have been a factor in this crash. The child's grandmother, Anna Blanke, says she knows Krizenesky and is not angry with him.

"It could happen to anybody. It was just an unfortunate accident," she said.

Krizenesky is expected to face a misdemeanor charge, Causing Injury by Operating a Motor Vehicle.

Malachi Blanke is expected to be ok. It's unclear when he will be released from the hospital.



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