NEW INFORMATION: Name released of man hurt in motorcycle crash

By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email
By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email

LAKE HALLIE, Wis.(RELEASE FROM LAKE HALLIE POLICE DEPT.)--On Monday, July 15, 2013, at approximately 1:04pm Sgt Ken Taylor and Officer Mitch Bowe were notified of a motorcycle accident on STH-124. When officers arrived on scene it was learned that a motorcycle had crashed and the operator was lying in the lane of traffic. It was determined that the motorcycle was being operated south bound on STH-124 about ¼ mile south of 40th Avenue in the Village of Lake Hallie.

The operator was the only occupant of the motorcycle. According to witness accounts the motorcycle was operating between 50 and 55 mph at the time of the accident. Witnesses reported that the motorcycle was operating in the right hand lane and then slowly moved over into the left hand lane of traffic. The motorcycle was observed to be entering the left hand lane of traffic and came very near to or may have lightly touched a vehicle travelling in the same direction. It was while the motorcycle had just entered the left hand lane that control of the motorcycle was lost and it crashed.

Police did inspect vehicles at the scene and followed up on leads of other vehicles that were present at the time of the accident. The motorcycle was also inspected and showed no signs of a collision with another vehicle. No evidence is present at this time indicating that a vehicle impact took place. The motorcyclist was not struck while lying in the traffic way by any vehicle and all injuries appear to be from the traffic crash itself. The investigation indicates that the crash may be due to operator error or medical condition.

Despite the wearing of a helmet the operator suffered serious injuries from the traffic crash. He is currently receiving medical treatment. The motorcycle operator was identified as Robert N. Mayer (age 80) of Chippewa Falls.

Cal D. Smokowicz
Police Chief
Village of Lake Hallie

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LAKE HALLIE, Wis. (WEAU) –Police want to talk to anyone who may have seen a motorcycle crash Monday afternoon in Lake Hallie.

It happened around 1 p.m. on State Highway 124, south of 40th Avenue. Lake Hallie Police Chief Cal Smokowicz says he’s not sure why the man on the motorcycle lost control in a southbound lane of 124. The driver ended up in a lane of traffic. Smokowicz says there’s no evidence to suggest that the motorcycle hit any other vehicles. The driver was taken to the hospital, and was in serious condition at last report. One of the lanes of 124 south was blocked off for at least a half-hour.

Smokowicz says no witnesses have come forward, and that he is interested in talking with anyone who may have witnessed the crash. If you can help, call the Lake Hallie Police Department at (715) 726-2666.
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LAKE HALLIE, Wis. (WEAU) - Crews have a lane of State Highway 124 south blocked off as they investigate an apparent motorcycle crash.

It happened around 1 p.m. Monday on State Highway 124, just south of 40th Avenue in Lake Hallie.

Lake Hallie Police could be seen on the highway near the crash scene around 1:45 p.m. A motorcycle was being loaded onto a truck.

There's no word on how the wreck happened, or whether anyone was hurt. We've left a message with Lake Hallie Police seeking comment.


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