Around noon on Tuesday, April 3, an accident near the 900 block of Highway 35 proved fatal to a motorcyclist. Ryan Lorentz, 26, of Osceola, collided with an oncoming pickup truck as he tried to follow a curve to the left. He had been traveling south on Highway 35 on a 1998 Suzuki GSX750.
The Polk County Medical Examiner’s Office declared Lorentz to be dead at the scene of the accident. He had not been wearing a helmet. According to the Polk County Sheriff’s office, Lorentz did not have a valid driver’s license or motorcycle endorsement.
The pickup truck was a 1997 Chevrolet K1500 being driven by Ray Richardson, a 78-year-old man from White Bear Lake, Minnesota. There were no reports of injuries to this driver.
Emergency crews reporting to the scene included the Dresser and Osceola police departments, the Wisconsin State Patrol, the Polk County Highway Department, the Dresser-Osceola-Garfield Fire Department, and the Osceola Ambulance Service.
On Monday, the village of Dresser was the scene of an earlier fatal traffic collision, which happened about a mile north of Tuesday’s crash. In that accident, 55-year-old Jeffrey Chartrand of Lindstrom, Minnesota, was killed when his 2002 Ford Ranger crossed the centerline and hit an oncoming 2004 Freightliner head-on. Wholesale Distribution Services of Byron, MN, owned the semi-tractor; there were no injuries to its driver, Devin W. Curley, 26, of Byron, Minnesota.
Officials from the Polk County Sheriff’s office say investigations continue into each of these Wisconsin traffic accidents.
The Appleton personal injury attorneys of the Hupy and Abraham law firm send our deepest condolences to the families and friends of Ryan Lorentz and Jeffrey Chartrand.