One man is dead and his passenger is in critical condition following a tragic crash in Baraboo on the weekend of Sept. 1. Wisconsin authorities are placing the blame for the motorcycle accident on the driver of another vehicle who they say was friends with the deceased. Alcohol has been cited as the reason for the crash, and the accused has been arrested, charged and is awaiting trial as of this writing.
Police say the victim, a 27-year-old man driving his motorcycle carrying a 23-year-old passenger, was stopped at an intersection when he was rear-ended by a 22-year-old man driving an SUV. The force of the impact propelled the motorcycle into the intersection, throwing both riders from the vehicle. Despite the fact that they were both wearing helmets, they each suffered severe injuries as a result of the crash. They were treated on scene by arriving medical personnel and were rushed to a local hospital.
The driver succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital, while the passenger listed as still being in critical condition. The man driving the SUV was arrested on the scene for DUI, his latest in a series of drunk-driving charges. He is currently being held by police ahead of a trial date.
The police investigation in this tragic motorcycle accident is comprehensive and will likely result in a conviction for the accused. Regardless of the outcome of the criminal trial, however, Wisconsin law allows the next-of-kin of the deceased victim and the injured victim to file wrongful death and personal injury suits, respectively, against the driver. These suits would be handled separately from the criminal charges, in a civil court.
Source: wiscnews.com, Baraboo man dies in motorcycle crash, Tim Damos, Sept. 3, 2013