Updated at 1 p.m. on February 24, 2017
The Brillion News
TOWN OF WOODVILLE – A 21 year old Brillion man was killed in a head on collision on U.S. 10 west of County D, late on the afternoon of Friday, February 24.
The crash between a car and semi on the icy highway claimed the life of Dakota A. Steinmetz.
Steinmetz was employed by Ariens Company. He grew up near Chippewa Falls and graduated from the Wisconsin School for the Deaf.
The Calumet County Sheriff’s Department received a call at 4:44 p.m. reporting a head on collision involving a car and a semi. Upon their arrival, the deputies found a three-vehicle crash.
The accident investigation showed a vehicle being driven by Heather A. Besaw-Benz, 23, of Neenah, was traveling eastbound on U.S. 10 from Harvestore Road with Steinmetz as her passenger. She lost control on the icy highway and entered the westbound lane directly into the path of a westbound semi, being driven by a 56-year old Green Bay man, Donald Guzowski.
After being struck by the semi, the Besaw-Benz vehicle then struck another eastbound vehicle, which was driven by 43-year old Gina Glover of Menasha woman, who had a 46 year old Neenah man, Scott Rice, as her passenger.
Steinmetz was pronounced dead at the scene. The other people involved in the crash were all transported by ambulances to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.
The Calumet County Sheriff’s Department and the Wisconsin State Patrol continue to investigate the crash.
Sheriff’s Lt. Bill Tyson issued a statement saying that alcohol does NOT appear to be a factor, but pavement conditions were very poor at the time of the crash.
The crash happened as a mist began falling and froze on contact with the roadway. Law enforcement agencies throughout the area were inundated with accident calls.