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'It could be a serious thing'


Fatal traffic accident latest in string of Bloomfield Township crashes



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September 22, 2010 | 08:50 AM
Bloomfield — There have been so many township traffic accidents recently you'd think the first snowfall of winter had occurred.

On Monday, Bloomfield police officer Craig Rasmussen said there have been several accidents.

The ones he responded to all had one thing in common.

"On all of them, the roads had been dry and clear, on every single one I've done," Rasmussen said.

He didn't respond to the fatal crash which claimed the life of a 27-year-old Round Lake, Ill., man Saturday, Sept. 18, at 7:26 a.m.

But he talked about a few other serious accidents he handled, including one in which speed was a factor and a teenager was taken by Flight For Life to receive medical treatment and one in which the driver fell asleep behind the wheel.

"One of them was (related to) speeding, but most were people not paying attention to their driving," Rasmussen said. "Pay attention to your driving. As they say, it's not for fun. It can be a serious thing."

Some of the most serious accidents to occur this month in Bloomfield Township involve:

n Matthew R. Peterson, a 27-year-old Round Lake, Ill., man who was killed after a rollover accident Saturday, Sept. 18. According to police, he was driving a 2004 Chevrolet truck on Highway 12 near Pell Lake Drive when the vehicle left the roadway and rolled. Peterson was ejected from the vehicle. Further information was unavailable by press time.

n A 46-year-old Wonder Lake, Ill., man who was cited for fourth-offense drunken driving and flown via Flight For Life to Froedtert Memorial Hospital, Milwaukee, Sept. 18 at 1:35 a.m. after a motorcycle crash on Daisy Drive at Highway H. According to police, the man was driving a 1997 Honda Shadow on Daisy Drive. The man was admitted to Froedtert for facial fractures.

n A 16-year-old Twin Lakes girl who was issued two citations after three people suffered injuries Sept. 8 at 3:46 p.m. after a one-vehicle accident on Tombeau Road at Lakeside Drive. According to police, she was cited for unreasonable and imprudent speed and an instruction permit violation. Three Silver Lake girls, ages 14, 15 and 16, were taken to Lakeland Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. The Twin Lakes girl was driving a 1999 Nissan Altima southwest on Tombeau Road at what the investigating officer determined an improper speed. The Altima left the road, entered a grassy area near Lakeside Drive, drove into the driveway for Nippersink Apartments and struck a large tree stump. The Altima sustained severe front-end damage.

n A 16-year-old Pell Lake boy who was taken via Flight For Life to Froedtert Children's Hospital for medical treatment Sept. 5 at 8:33 a.m. after a one-vehicle rollover on Bloomfield Road. According to police, the boy was driving a 1996 Saturn at a "very high rate of speed" when he lost control and struck a tree. The Saturn rolled several times. The accident is still being investigated and Wisconsin State Patrol is assisting.

n A 23-year-old West Allis woman who received two citations after a three-vehicle accident Sept. 12 at 10:29 a.m. on Highway 12 near Clover Road. According to police, the woman was cited for impeding traffic by slow speed and driving without insurance. She was driving a 1999 Volkswagen Jetta east on Highway 12 when she slowed and was rear-ended by a 28-year-old Palatine, Ill., man driving a 2009 Nissan Rogue. That man was rear-ended by a 50-year-old Barrington, Ill., man driving a 2006 BMW. Rasmussen said police and fire and rescue blocked off the eastbound lanes of Highway 12 for about an hour while the Wisconsin State Patrol assisted in the investigation of the accident. The West Allis woman told police she slowed down to pull over to the left to "check her directions because she was lost and trying to get to Milwaukee." The other two drivers told police she slammed on her brakes and attempted to use a turn-around drive intended for emergency vehicles.

n Three women who were involved in a three-vehicle accident Sept. 6 at 1:50 p.m. on Highway 50 near Eastside Road. According to police, A 62-year-old Evanston, Ill., woman driving a 2011 Ford Mustang was stopped in traffic when she was rear-ended by a 63-year-old Evanston woman driving 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Apparently, the Jeep was struck by a 2004 Pontiac Vibe driven by a 50-year-old Capron, Ill., woman, which caused the Jeep to hit the Mustang. The 50-year-old woman told police she was "distracted for a second" and wasn't able to stop in time.

n A 25-year-old Scott Air Force Base, Ill., man who was cited for inattentive driving Sept. 5 at 12:41 p.m. after a one-vehicle accident on Tombeau Road. According to police, the man was driving a 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer south on Tombeau Road when he fell asleep, went off the road and crashed into a tree. He refused medical treatment for himself and his 1-year-old son who was riding in the vehicle with him.

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