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Baron County accident fatal for 1 teenager

The satellite view from Google maps shows that the intersection of 26 ½ Avenue and 5th Street in Maple Plain, Wisconsin, is a T intersection. When traveling south on 5th Street, there is a stop sign and one must turn right or left.

A 22-year-old driver from Spooner failed to stop at the T and instead hit the ditch and then the embankment before coming to a stop. He had 14-year-old and 15-year-old passengers, one of whom died of his injuries in the fatal car accident.

According to news sources, the 22-year-old was driving a modified Ford Bronco that had the back portion converted into an open box. The two teenagers were riding in the box portion. The 14-year-old was thrown out of the box and was severely injured. He is being treated at Cumberland Hospital. The 15-year-old was not thrown from the box, but sustained fatal injuries while in the box. Presumably there were no seat belts in the box and the teen may have been thrown against the box or the cab portion of the Bronco.

The 22-year-old who was driving refused medical treatment but was taken to Cumberland Hospital by the rescue team. In many hospitals it is standard practice to take a blood sample when being admitted to the emergency room. If that happened, there may be a blood alcohol concentration test that could reveal whether or not the driver was impaired. The driver claims there was an equipment malfunction.

As it stands, the Baron County Sheriff's Office is investigating the accident.

Should either the vehicle or the driver be at fault, the families of the teenager who was injured and the one who died may seek compensation for the personal injury and wrongful death of their loved one.

Source: WQOW-18, "One teen dead, one severely injured in one vehicle crash," Bridget Kurtenbach, July 16, 2012

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