CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) - Investigators say the driver in a crash that left another man with serious injuries has admitted going nearly 70 miles-per-hour when the crash happened.
The Chippewa County Sheriff's Department has troopers from the Wisconsin State Patrol helping to reconstruct the crash that happened early Tuesday morning. Captain Eugene Gutsch says the department wants to confirm Stephen Osgood's admission with that information, once it's available. After that, Gutsch says the department will likely recommend criminal charges in the case. The speed limit in the area is 45 miles-per-hour. Gutsch says he will likely bring Osgood and a witness to the crash in for interviews on Wednesday.
Jason Kasiewicz was riding in the car with Osgood, and was seriously hurt in the crash. He was flown to a Rochester, MN hospital. Gutsch says he spoke with Kasiewicz's father Tuesday afternoon, and that he had said that his son had some paralysis issues from the chest down.
CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) - A car crash overnight left a man with serious injuries and shut down a stretch of highway for more than five hours.
It happened around 12:40 a.m. Tuesday on State Highway 40 near 270th Avenue, which is northeast of New Auburn. The Chippewa County Sheriff's Department says Stephen Osgood, 21, of New Auburn was driving north on highway 40 and didn't get around a curve in the road. The car went off the road and was heavily damaged. Jason Kasiewicz, 34, of New Auburn was riding in the car, and was thrown from it. He ended up with serious injuries, and was flown to a Minnesota hospital. Deputies say Kasiewicz was not wearing a seat belt, but Osgood was. Osgood had minor injuries.
Crews shut down a stretch of highway 40 for more than five hours because of the power pole and lines left on the road.