Date: February 17, 2015
Case: Fatal Accident STH 83 #15-6367
Authority: Capt. Steve Gonwa
Washington County suffered its second (2nd) traffic fatality for 2015 following a rear end collision between a passenger car and a school bus. The accident occurred at 3:49 p.m. on STH 83 north of Cty Tk K in the Town of Addison.
A school bus was operating southbound on STH 83 when it activated its red flashing lights and came to a stop in the southbound lane to allow a student to disembark the bus at a private residence. The bus driver extended the stop arm on the bus and all flashing lights were activated. A passenger car operated southbound on STH 83 by a 28 year old Hartford man failed to stop for the school bus and struck it from behind.
The 28 year old man was pronounced dead at the scene by the Washington County Medical Examiner. He was the sole occupant of the vehicle.
The 54 year old female bus driver was uninjured. The bus was being operated by Wittenberger Bus Service serving the Hartford School District.
Three children were passengers on the bus at the time of the accident. A 9-year-old boy who attends Rossman Elementary School sustained a shoulder injury and was transported to Hartford Hospital by Allenton Rescue. A 9-year-old girl who attends Rossman Elementary School and her sister, a 14-year-old girl who attends Central Middle School did not suffer injuries and were released to a parent at the scene.
Allenton and St. Lawrence Fire Departments responded to the scene. STH 83 was closed between Cty Tk S and Cty Tk K during the investigation.
Witness statements suggest that inattentive driving and excessive speed may have been factors in the accident. The accident remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office Crash Reconstruction Team.
Date: February 11, 2015
Subject: House Fire #15-5487
Authority: Sgt. Randy Boudry
Washington County authorities were notified of a house fire at 4:58 AM Wednesday morning at 8210 Kettleview Dr. in the Town of Kewaskum.
Sheriff’s deputies as well as fire personnel from Kewaskum, Boltonville and West Bend responded and were on scene for approximately three hours. There were no known injuries to the two occupants who were home and fled the fire or to personnel that responded to fight the fire.
According to investigating deputies, it is believed that the fire started as a result of smoking materials igniting a chair in a downstairs room. The chair was on fire and one of the homeowners attempted to extinguish the fire prior to it spreading to a nearby computer desk. After this attempt, the homeowners fled the home however, the two family dogs that were upstairs died from the dense smoke within the home.
The home suffered some fire damage and extensive smoke damage to the remainder of the two story structure. The homeowners are being assisted by family and friends for living arrangements.
A monetary estimate of damages was placed at $225,000.00