Chippewa Falls man dies in Taylor County motorcycle crash

Published: Jun. 22, 2021 at 9:36 PM CDT
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TAYLOR COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) - A Chippewa Falls man is dead following a motorcycle crash in Taylor County.

The Taylor County Sheriff’s Office says a 911 call came in around 12:10 p.m. Tuesday, June 22 for a motorcycle crash with an unresponsive man lying in a ditch.

This was in the area of State Highway 64 on County Road E in the Town of Hammel. The caller said it appeared the crash happened sometime during the night.

The motorcyclist - identified as 49-year-old Brian Rygiel of Chippewa Falls - died at the scene. A preliminary investigation indicates the crash occurred sometime shortly after 3:00 a.m. on June 22.

Deputies say Rygiel was southbound on County Road E, failed to negotiate a curve, went in the ditch, and hit a tree striking a tree. Alcohol is also believed to be a contributing factor.

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