Fatal Traffic Crash

To: Media
From: Green Lake County Sheriff's Department
Re/Event: Fatal Traffic Crash
Date/Time of Incident: Wednesday, July 11, 2012, 5:49 pm
Address: Cth X west of Winding Lane, Township of
                 Manchester, Green Lake County, Wisconsin
Date of Release: 07/12/12
Release #: 1-1


On Wednesday, July 11, 2012, approximately 5:49pm, the Green Lake County Sheriff's E911 Communications Center received a call concerning a personal injury crash. The crash was reported to be located on Cth.X at Winding Lane Rd. approximately 2 miles South of the Village of Kingston.

At approximately 6:00pm emergency units and law enforcement began to arrive at the scene and found that a two vehicle crash had occurred between a horse drawn cart being operated by a 16 year old male and a 1999 Ford F250 operated by a 41 year old male. The 16 year old male had been ejected from the cart. The "Flight for Life" helicopter was called and subsequently landed.   The 16 year old male, James D. Beechy, Valley Rd., Markesan, was pronounced dead at the scene. The operator of the pick-up, Michael L. Dumke, age 41, Kingston, was uninjured.

A preliminary investigation has revealed that the horse and cart was being operated West-bound on Cth.X when the Ford Truck, also West-bound, approached from the rear and impacted the cart.

Responding units to the scene were the Green Lake County Sheriff's Office, Wisconsin State Patrol, Southern Green Lake County Ambulance, Berlin Medic One, Kingston First Responders, Dalton Fire/Rescue, Flight for Life, Markesan Emergency Management, and the Green Lake County Coroners Office. 

This fatal traffic crash is being re-constructed by the Wisconsin State Patrol and remains under investigation by the Green Lake County Coroners Office, Green Lake County Sheriff's Office, and the Wisconsin State Patrol.

Release Prepared by:    Mark Putzke
                                           Chief Deputy Sheriff   
                                           Green Lake County Sheriff's Office


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