Off duty officer killed in head-on crash


by WDJT Graphics

WALWORTH COUNTY -- An early morning car crash has taken the life of Twin Lakes Police Department Lieutenant.  Jeffrey Kreft, 36, was pronounced dead just after 7am. 

The Walworth County Sheriff says that Kreft was on his way home after his shift at the Twin Lakes Police Department.  He was driving north on Highway 120 when a pickup truck heading south crossed the center line and struck Kreft's vehicle head-on.  The truck was driven by a 16-year-old male, who suffered a broken foot. 

Twin Lakes Police Chief Dale Racer describes Kreft as an excellent officer that was well-respected by colleagues and the community.  Kreft is survived by his wife and two sons, ages 5 and 7. 

Here is the full press release from investigators:    

     This is a joint press release from the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office and the Twin Lakes Police Department in Kenosha County, WI.

     On Saturday, May 25, 2013, approximately 6:32am, Walworth County Deputies responded to a two-vehicle crash with severe injuries to one party.  This crash occurred on Hwy 120 approximately ½ mile South of Hwy 36 in the Town of Lyons.  An off-duty Twin Lakes, WI Police Lieutenant was killed in this crash.  He is identified as Jeffery C Kreft, age 36, of Spring Prairie, WI.  Lieutenant Kreft was on his way home following his shift at TLPD.

     Initial investigation at the scene revealed the following:  A 1998 Ford F-150 truck, operated by a 16 year old male, was traveling southbound on Hwy 120.  The driver crossed the center line and entered the lane of traffic occupied by a northbound 1998 Saturn, operated by Kreft.  The two vehicles struck nearly head on in the northbound lane and Kreft sustained critical injuries in the crash.  He succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at 7:12am.

      The driver of the truck suffered a broken foot and was released from an area hospital. Both vehicles sustained major damage in this crash.  The drivers were the sole occupants in both vehicles.  Both drivers were wearing seatbelts.

      The Walworth County Crash Investigation Unit was summoned to the scene and the road was shut down for about four hours during this time.  The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Wisconsin State Patrol and The Lake Geneva Police Department.

      This crash investigation is open and will be reviewed by the Walworth County District Attorney’s Office when completed.  No citations or charges have been issued at this time.



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