9/17 Fifth Traffic Fatality of 2013 Recorded in Washington County

Washington County suffered its fifth traffic fatality of 2013 following a four vehicle rear end collision on Hwy 33 west of Aurora Road in the Town of Addison.  The accident occurred at 8:15 a.m. Monday morning. According to Captain Steve Gonwa of the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, four vehicles were travelling west on Hwy 33 and were stopped in the westbound lane at a traffic control point in the Hwy 33 construction zone. The control point was manned by an employee of the construction crew who was using a portable stop sign to control the flow of westbound traffic.  The rear-most vehicle stopped in traffic was a sedan operated by a 33 year old West Bend woman. A 50 year old woman, also from West Bend, was a passenger in the front passenger seat.  A westbound SUV operated by a 22 year old West Bend woman failed to observe the stop signal.The SUV collided with the sedan causing it to strike the next vehicle in line and then skid across the lanes of traffic and enter the eastbound ditch line. That next vehicle in line then rear ended one additional vehicle that was stopped in traffic.  The passenger in the sedan was pronounced dead at the scene by the Washington County Medical Examiner. The driver of the sedan was transported with non-life threatening injuries to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee by West Bend Rescue. The driver of the SUV was transported with non-life threatening injuries to St. Josephs Hospital in West Bend by Allenton Rescue.  The drivers of the other two vehicles declined treatment for any injuries. Allenton Fire Department responded for assistance at the scene. Inattentive driving by the operator of the SUV is believed to have been a contributing factor in the accident. The crash is being investigated by the Washington County Sheriff’s Accident Reconstruction Team.

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