Speed, slippery roads factors in 3-vehicle crash
NEWARK TOWNSHIP—A Beloit woman Sunday was listed in stable but serious condition with a head injury at Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center, Janesville, after a three-vehicle crash Saturday, according to a news release from the Rock County Sheriff’s Office.
According to the news release:
Speed and slippery road conditions contributed to the crash that happened at 5:02 p.m. Saturday on Highway 81, just west of South Merlet Road in Newark Township.
A 2003 Chevy Tahoe, being driven east on Highway 81 by Diana M. Grenawalt, 29, Beloit, was rear-ended by a 2002 Ford Focus, driven by Dezeray M. Eslinger, 27, Beloit.
Upon impact, Grenawalt’s vehicle slid off the road into a ditch and Eslinger’s vehicle slid into the westbound lane of traffic when it was hit by a westbound 2012 Lincoln MKS driven by Steven L. Geiger, 60, Monroe. Eslinger’s car hit a mailbox before stopping in the north ditch while Geiger’s SUV stopped in the westbound lane of Highway 81 and blocked traffic.
Eslinger was wearing her seatbelt and taken to Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center. She was cited for driving too fast for conditions, operating a motor vehicle without insurance and nonregistration.
Grenawalt and her 4-year-old son also were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash and were not hurt.
Geiger and his passengers, Leon P. Geiger, 84; Michael J. Geiger, 22; and Gary A. Becker, 53, all of Monroe, also were wearing their seatbelts and not injured.
The highway was closed for three hours while Wisconsin State Patrol troopers reconstructed the crash, which remains under investigation.