orange doc martens Man at the wheel of deadly Eagle Point crash faces criminal charges
Two women in the SUV, 67 year old Karen Larson and 55 year old Lori Barger, were killed.
“In an accident involving fatalities there is a lot of work that has to be done. First and foremost the reconstruction is going to be our emphasis,” said Chippewa County Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk
Kowalczyk says deputies are still investigating the events leading up to the crash. Deputies are awaiting the results of a legal blood draw Larson was given the night of the accident. He is suspected of driving drunk. “The scene will tell you a lot of things itself, such as skid marks and road conditions,” said Kowalczyk
One of the things deputies are looking at is if visibility was a factor. The intersection is surrounded by crops.
“We want to talk to all persons involved, survives in each car and witnesses and we do have witnesses,” said Kowalczyk
Larson is expected back in court on Thursday. He has no prior record. CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) The man arrested in a crash that killed two people and injured eight others made his first appearance in court Monday.
Bond was set at $2,000 cash for 67 year old Gerald Larson.
Deputies say he was the drive of an SUV that was carrying five other people when he shot through an intersection without stopping.
Saturday’s accident in Eagle Point is still under investigation. (WEAU) The investigation continues into the gruesome accident that killed two people and injured eight others.
And now new details are coming out as to what might have caused the terrifying crash.
It happened just before 10 pm Saturday in the Town of Eagle Point.
The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department said an SUV was going east on County Road B when it blew through a stop sign and was t boned by a pickup truck traveling north on Highway 124.
Captain Eugene Gutsch said the SUV went into a ditch while the pickup truck rolled into a nearby cornfield.
Deputies said the driver of the SUV, 67 year old Gerald Larson was injured and is suspected of drunk driving.
In that vehicle were 67 year old Karen Larson and 55 year old Lori Barger.
Both women died from injuries in the crash.
Other passengers who were taken to the hospital were Doug Kopp,
53, Elizabeth Kopp, 50 and Jodi Martens, 43.
All four people in the pickup truck were taken to the hospital with injuries.
Deputies said 39 year old Scott Aspengren was behind the wheel of the truck.
And his passengers were Cole Aspengren, a juvenile of an unknown age, Roger Aspengren, 62 and Ranona Aspengren , 59 years old.
Seven local law enforcement and fire departments along with two helicopters were quickly on the scene to rush victims to the hospital.
On Sunday, WEAU 13 News spoke to an area man who stopped at the crash scene on his drive home to help make that happen.
“Looked like a pretty violent crash,” said Austin Howard.
Howard said he was on his way home when he came upon the horrific crash.
Being one of the first people on the scene and a former EMT, the Holcombe man said he felt compelled to lend a hand.
“I’ve never been involved in that many people at one time. It was organized chaos. It was a mess,
” Howard said.