This past weekend, the life of a La Crosse-area young woman ended in a car accident when the vehicle she was a passenger in was rear-ended, according to the Wisconsin State Patrol.
The 23-year-old from Onalaska was killed when the driver of a 1983 Chevy pick-up slammed his vehicle into the back of the Saturn Ion she was traveling in with four other young women.
The driver of the pick-up is a 27-year-old man from Holmen.
All of the women in the Saturn are 23 years old, except for one who is 22 years of age.
The fatal crash took place Saturday around a quarter after four in the afternoon on Highway 35 in Holmen.
Three of the women in the struck Saturn were taken to a local hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries. One was treated at a hospital and released.
The driver of the pick-up was taken to an area hospital for treatment of injuries not considered to be life-threatening.
He has reportedly been previously convicted of drunk driving, battery, jumping bail, disorderly conduct and carrying a concealed weapon.
The preventable crash serves as a tragic reminder of the dangers of drunken driving. Please remember the story this Fourth of July holiday weekend.
As always, if you expect to go to a party or picnic where alcohol is served, please arrange for a designated driver so that you and your friends and loved ones are all in the hands of a sober driver. Not only will they be safer, but so will innocent fellow motorists -- like the young woman from Onalaska.
Source: WXOW: "Names Released in Fatal Crash on HWY 35" by April Dovorany: June 25, 2011