Cleveland firefighters and first responders assisted at the scene of a fatal accident in the town of Centerville on Thursday, Jan. 10.
According to Deputy Inspector Jason Orth of the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Office, at about 1:15 a.m. a sheriff’s deputy observed a 2013 Chrysler Town & Country van speeding southbound on CTH LS near CTH X. The deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop; however, the operator continued at a high rate of speed. Moments later the driver lost control while negotiating a curve south of CTH X. The vehicle entered the west ditch, overturned, and collided with a tree.
A 17-year-old male passenger from Sheboygan was ejected from the back seat of the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver—a 15-year-old female form Sheboygan—and a 14-year-old female passenger from Sheboygan were trapped inside the vehicle. They were both extracted with Jaws of Life equipment and were taken by ambulance to St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan for non-life threatening injuries. They were wearing seatbelts.
Orth said a preliminary investigation indicates the vehicle was being operated without the owner’s consent and speed was estimated in excess of 80 mph. Speed and driving inexperience are contributing factors in the crash, Orth said.
The names of the individuals involved have not yet been released and Orth said all future media releases for this incident would come from the Wisconsin Department of Justice.