Sparta man hurt in ATV crash

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Township of Angelo, Wi. - PRESS RELEASE -- The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office was notified at 6:48 p.m. on February 15, 2014 of a three vehicle crash on Haven Ave. in the Township of Angelo.

Ryan Burkhalter (42) of rural Sparta was plowing snow across the road from his driveway on Haven Ave. with his 2006 Honda ATV. As he was doing this, Garrett Benzing (22) of rural Sparta was westbound on Haven Ave. in his 2004 Mercury Sable. At the same time Kyle Burkhalter (19) of Sparta was eastbound on Haven Ave. approaching the same location in his 1997 Honda Civic. As Benzing was attempting to go around the ATV, Ryan Burkhalter backed up into the path of Benzing’s vehicle.

This caused Benzing’s vehicle to strike the ATV, causing injury to Ryan Burkhalter. Benzing’s vehicle then slid into the front end of Kyle Burkhalter’s vehicle. A passenger in Benzing’s vehicle, Shawna Fortuna (19) was uninjured in the crash.

Burkhalter was transported by the Sparta Area Ambulance Service to Gundersen Hospital in LaCrosse with non-life threatening injuries.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department was assisted at the scene by the Sparta Area Ambulance Service and the Monroe County 911 Dispatch Center.