Elkhorn man charged in fatal Walworth County crash

WALWORTH COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- An Elkhorn man is facing charges after allegedly causing a fatal accident Wednesday, Oct. 9.

According to the Walworth County Sheriff's Office, a reckless driver was reported on Highway 12, south of County Highway A in the Town of Sugar Creek around 11:22 p.m.

The caller reported the driver nearly struck another car before crashing into a sign and entering back onto the highway, continuing north on Highway 12.

The caller continued to follow the reckless driver and reported that at 11:32, the suspect vehicle struck an eastbound car on Highway 12 west of County Highway H in La Grange

Sheriff's deputies arrived on scene and located a car partially in the eastbound traffic lane. The deputies located an unconscious male in the vehicle but were unable to free him due to the damage to the vehicle and a fire that started in the engine compartment. 

The victim has not yet been identified, pending family notification.

Deputies located the suspect vehicle on the north side of Highway 12 in a ditch. 

The driver, a 33-year-old man of rural Elkhorn, suffered significant injuries and was flown to an area hospital.

The following charges have been referred to the Walworth County District Attorney:

  • Homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle
  • Open intoxicants in a motor vehicle
  • Operating left of center line
  • Operating while intoxicated 1st offense

Bond has been set at $150,000.

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