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.