NEW INFORMATION: Wisconsin man found lying in road dies

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

ELLSWORTH, Wis. (AP) -- A suspected drunken driver is behind bars in Pierce County after a passenger was ejected from the driver's vehicle and died.

Police say 20-year-old Nicholas Rhiel was found unconscious on a residential road in Ellsworth early Saturday. He was flown to Regions Hospital in the Twin Cities where he died on Sunday.

Police Chief Eric Ladwig said Monday that it's not entirely clear on how Rhiel landed on the road, but it wasn't due to a crash. Police caught up with the driver, who was arrested and jailed.

Ladwig says the investigation is still ongoing.
ELLSWORTH, Wis. (AP) -- Police in western Wisconsin say a 20-year-old man has died after being thrown from a car driven by someone suspected to be intoxicated.

KARE-TV reports Ellsworth Police say Nicholas Rhiel died from injuries Sunday after being found unconscious on a residential road early Saturday. He was flown to Regions Hospital with severe injuries.

Police Chief Eric Ladwig says officers determined Rhiel had been thrown from a car. They located and arrested a driver, who is awaiting charges at Pierce County Jail.

Rhiel's father says he was pursuing a college degree in criminal justice.

Ladwig says the case is under investigation.

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