Traffic Fatality Under Investigation in Sawyer County

Traffic Fatality Under Investigation in Sawyer County

On August 19, 2023 at 6:53 AM, Sawyer County Deputies assisted by the Washburn County Sheriff’s Office, Wisconsin DNR, Sawyer County EMS and the Stone Lake and LCO Fire Departments were dispatched to Snowmobile Trail number 31 north of Sissabagama Rd in the Town of Sand Lake for a report of a person being struck by a vehicle.

Upon arrival an 18-year-old female victim was located and transported by ambulance for medical attention. The victim ultimately succumbed to her injuries and was pronounce deceased while in transport to a medical facility.

Through further investigation and information received from several individuals that remained on scene, the location of the incident was the site of an underage alcohol party. Deputies also learned that a 16-year-old juvenile suspect, driving a 2011 Ford F-350 struck the victim running her over. The suspect fled the area and was later taken into custody by Washburn County Sheriff’s Deputies.

The names of those involved are being withheld pending notification of family and further investigation into the incident by the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office, the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Sawyer County Medical Examiner’s Office.

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