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On Monday, May 13, 2013, at approximately 4:53 PM, Green County Sheriff Communication Center received two 911 calls of a multiple vehicle crash on State Hwy 11, at County Hwy M, in the Town of Cadiz.  This is approximately 6 miles west of the City of Monroe.  Green County Deputies, along with Wisconsin State Patrol, responded.  They were assisted by Browntown, South Wayne and Monroe Fire Departments, along with Green County and Argyle ambulances and UW Med-Flight.


Preliminary investigation revealed a 2011 Toyota Corolla, operated by Keith E. Geisler, 50, of rural Monroe, was eastbound on STH 11, waiting for westbound traffic before turning northbound on CTH M.  A 2003 Chrysler Town and Country mini van, operated by Timothy J. Schmid, 33, of South Wayne, was eastbound on STH 11 when his vehicle rear-ended the Geisler vehicle.  Schmid’s vehicle continued across the intersection and came to a rest in the north ditch.  A 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe sport utility vehicle, operated by Lucas A. Suthers, 37, of rural Monroe, was westbound on STH 11, Suthers attempted to avoid the collision, spinning sideways.  A 1997 Chevrolet S10 pickup, operated by Lawrence A. Handfelt, 48, of Warren, IL, was westbound on STH 11 and collided with the Suthers vehicle.  Suthers vehicle then skidded into the south ditch and Handfelt’s vehicle came to a rest on STH 11.


Schmid sustained minor injuries and refused treatment at the scene.  His seatbelt was used and the vehicles airbags did deploy.  Schmid’s vehicle had three juvenile passengers, all of which were not injured and were secured properly.  Geisler sustained injuries and was transported to Monroe Emergency Room by Green County EMS.  Geisler was not wearing a seatbelt; was partially ejected, and had to be extricated.  The airbags in his vehicle did deploy.  A passenger in Geisler’s vehicle identified as Roxanne E. Geisler, 48, of rural Monroe, sustained injuries from the crash and was transported by Med Flight to UW-Hospital.  Her seatbelt was used and she had to be extricated from the vehicle.  Handfelt sustained injuries and was transported by Argyle EMS to Monroe Emergency Room.  His seatbelt was used and the airbag did not deploy.  Suthers was not injured, his seatbelt was used and the airbags did deploy.  The three passengers in Suthers vehicle were not injured and were secured properly.


Schmid’s vehicle sustained severe front-end damage.  Geisler’s vehicle sustained very severe overall damage.  Handfelt’s vehicle sustained severe front-end damage.  Suthers vehicle sustained moderate driver’s side damage.  All vehicles were towed from the scene.  Schmid was cited for Following too Closely and released with a court date.  Investigation is ongoing at this time.  State Hwy 11 was closed between Cadiz Springs Road and County Hwy M (south) from the time of crash until about 9:00 P.M.




Submitted By:

K-9 Deputy Cody D. Kanable #22


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