Posted on May 26, 2012

One person was fatally injured during a Sunday morning Wisconsin motor vehicle accident. The incident took place on I-39 near Janesville, in Rock County.

The accident occurred around 4:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 22. A young man, age 24 from Beloit, was driving on I-39 heading north. He was driving a 1995 GMC Yukon in the left lane. The vehicle began to drift towards the median.

Investigators believe that the driver, in a panic, swerved sharply into back onto the Interstate. The vehicle was then on the far right of the interstate. In an attempt to get back on to the road, the driver overcorrected. This sharp maneuver caused the vehicle to begin to skid back onto the grass median.

Upon reaching the grass median, the vehicle began to rollover. The GMC flipped multiple times, throwing the driver out onto the median. His vehicle continued to roll and came to rest on the southbound lanes.

The young man was transported to the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison, where he was pronounced dead. Authorities have not released the driver’s name at this time, pending notification of his family.

Investigators closed the highway’s southbound lanes for almost an hour.

The staff and attorneys at Hupy and Abraham’s Wisconsin offices send our deepest condolences to the victim’s family and friends. 

We would like to remind our neighbors in the community that sport utility vehicles and some light trucks have a very high center of gravity. This means they are more easily thrown into a rollover accident than other vehicles. When driving one of these vehicles, you should exercise extreme caution and avoid sharp steering maneuvers.

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