About 175 miles east of La Crosse, a Wisconsin couple was killed and their daughter, 13 years old, was seriously injured in a car crash caused by a man police say had been drinking.
The head-on collision was at about 5:30 in the afternoon last Thursday on Highway 45, law enforcement officials said.
The couple killed was from the town of Eden, near Fond du Lac.
Their daughter was taken to the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin with injuries reported to be serious.
The driver of the other vehicle, a Campbellsport man, 24 years old, apparently crossed the yellow center line of the highway and slammed into the family's vehicle, police said in a report.
He sustained serious injuries in the crash.
The two parents were pronounced dead at scene of the collision.
The 24-year-old driver believed to be responsible for the tragedy has been released from a hospital and is now in custody at the Fond du Lac County Jail on charges that he committed homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and that he also caused injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle, a spokesperson for the Fond du Lac Sheriff's Office said.
"We believe alcohol may be a contributing factor in the crash," the spokesperson said.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, about 40 percent of all traffic fatalities involve a driver behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol. In addition, each year in our state, thousands of motorists are injured in alcohol-related car accidents.
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Source: FDLreporter.com, "Eden couple killed in head-on crash," Sept. 14, 2012