Wrong-way driving, particularly on highways, is a cause for concern in Brown County and throughout Wisconsin. At times, the Wisconsin State Patrol is notified of a driver operating a vehicle in the wrong direction, and a frantic attempt is typically made to divert the motor vehicle operator before a car accident occurs. Regrettably, the attempt is not always successful, and others in the roadway become potential victims. In the early morning of Feb. 25, such an incident occurred over in St. Croix County.
A car accident can change the course of a life in an instant. A poor decision by one person may lead to a lifetime of grief or worse for those injured. Operating a motor vehicle in Wisconsin is a privilege that comes with responsibility. The driver owes a duty of reasonable care to passengers as well as others in or near the roadway. A Langlade County car accident on Feb. 13 offers a glimpse of understanding as to how one poor decision can quickly result in serious injury.
A tragedy that occurred in Green Bay in January 2011 played out one of its final chapters in a Green Bay court room on Feb. 9. A 40-year-old man from Door County was sentenced to 10 years in prison with an additional 10 years of extended supervision following his November conviction for what was truly a wrongful death.
Local residents may recall the fatal car accident that occurred in Sheboygan following the Brat Days festival last August. A 19-year-old woman ran over three women in a crosswalk at North 17th Street and Niagara Avenue while driving away from the Wisconsin fair. A 60-year-old victim died two days later, though the other two pedestrians suffered minor injuries. Witnesses saw a car proceeding along 17th Street without its headlights on, and then observed the vehicle leave the scene of the car accident without slowing down. Though the young woman fled the scene, she was later arrested at her Sheboygan home.
A serious car accident can occur in a matter of seconds, and a distracted driver is often the cause of the collision. Add to that the fact that those just learning to drive often lack the experience and know-how to do much more than concentrate on the road, and distractions could become deadly.