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Fond du Lac Co. Sheriff’s Office and D.A. say charges pending in New Year’s Eve fatal crash



The Fond du Lac County District Attorney’s Office and Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office
have received numerous media inquiries on the status of potential charges and when a potential initial appearance may occur related to a December 31, 2023, traffic fatality in Fond du Lac County in the Town of Auburn.
The matter is still under investigation by the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office and the
District Attorney’s Office is working closely with investigators. No initial appearance will occur today and no further information will be released at this time.


Below are previous stories published regarding this incident. 

January 2, 2024 – Fond du Lac Co., WI – A West Bend man, 19, has been arrested in connection with the fatal accident December 31, 2023 on Highway 45 in Fond du Lac County, WI.

An update is below from the Fond du Lac Co., WI, Sheriffs department.

On January 1, 2024 a 19-year-old West Bend man was identified as the driver of the vehicle that struck the 19-year-old female driver of the first crash and fled the scene in his vehicle prior to the arrival of emergency personnel.  

It is believed that the occupants of the vehicles were known to each other and that they were traveling together.

 He has been arrested on suspicion of Hit and Run-causing death (Duty to report accident; assistance following accident).

He remains in custody in the Fond du Lac County Jail awaiting an initial court appearance.  Additional details about the crash and subsequent investigation will become available in the criminal complaint when filed with the court.  No further details are expected to be released until that time, as the investigation remains active and ongoing.  

*Correction* The 17-year-old male passenger that was transported to Froedert Hospital Milwaukee with critical injuries was previously reported to be from West Bend. He is from Iron Ridge, WI.  

January 1, 2024 – Fond du Lac Co., WI – There was a tragic rollover crash on Highway 45 in Fond du Lac County, WI, during the early morning hours of Sunday, December 31, 2023. One person,19, from Hartford was killed and four other injured.

The Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office has issued a follow-up release on its investigation.

Please note, the details in this story are graphic in nature.

The investigation into these two crashes remains active and ongoing, and alcohol is believed to be a factor in the initial crash.
The following additional details are being released at this time.

Occupants of vehicle involved in initial rollover crash:

19-year-old female operator from Hartford – deceased

17-year-old male passenger from West Bend – transported by ambulance to Froedert Hospital Milwaukee with critical injuries

16-year-old female passenger from Theresa – transported by ambulance to Children’s Hospital Milwaukee with serious non-life threatening injuries

17-year-old passenger from Milwaukee – transported by ambulance to Froedert West Bend with minor injuries

21-year-old passenger from Iron Ridge – transported by civilian vehicle to Aurora Medical Center Washington County with serious non-life threatening injuries


December 31, 2023 – Fond du Lac Co., WI – On Sunday, December 31, 2023 at 1:10 a.m., the Fond du Lac County Communications Center received a call of a one vehicle accident on Hwy 45 near Sandy Road in the Township of Auburn.
Please note – the contents of the following story are graphic in nature. Prayers to the families and rescue crews involved.

Deputies with the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office and Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded along with Campbellsport Ambulance and Kewaskum Fire and Ambulance Service.

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Preliminary investigation showed that the vehicle was traveling southbound and entered the west ditch, striking a culvert.

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The vehicle then overturned several times before coming to rest.  There were 5 occupants of the vehicle, 4 of which were ejected during the crash.  

After being ejected from the vehicle, a 19-year-old Hartford woman was struck by another vehicle.  She was drug from the scene and located by Washington County Deputies three miles from the initial crash site.

The female was pronounced deceased at the secondary scene.  Three other occupants were transported to medical facilities with serious life-threatening injuries.  One occupant was transported with non-life-threatening injuries.  

Hwy 45 was re-routed for approximately 4 hours by the Fond du Lac County Highway Department and Wisconsin State Patrol while the Fond du Lac County Reconstruction Team investigated the crash.

Wendy Wendorf

 At this time the names of the involved are not being released as the investigation is ongoing.  

If you have any information on either of these two related crashes we are asking that you contact the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office at (920)929-3390 or the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s tip line at (920)906-4777.  

Wendy Wendorf


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