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Motorcyclist killed in two-vehicle crash

Jeep's driver arrested on suspicion of OWI

TOWN OF BARABOO, Wis. - The driver of a motorcycle was killed and his passenger seriously injured after the motorcycle they were riding on was rear-ended by a Jeep on Sunday, according to the Sauk County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies were called to Steinke Road in the town of Baraboo about 9 p.m. for a report of a motorcycle struck by a car.

Investigators said the motorcycle was traveling east on Gall Road and was stopping at the intersection of Gall Road and Old Lake Road when a Jeep rear-ended the motorcycle. The motorcycle was pushed through the intersection onto Steinke Road and the driver, Benjamin J. Brooks, 27, of Baraboo and his passenger, Tory C. Frenzel, 23, of Baraboo, were thrown off the motorcycle.

The Jeep continued through the intersection, left the road and struck a driveway retaining wall, according to deputies.

Brooks and Frenzel were flown to University of Wisconsin Hospital for treatment. Brooks died Monday and Frenzel is still receiving treatment.

The driver of the Jeep, Kevin Vaness, 22, of Baraboo, was arrested on suspicion of operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing injury.

The Baraboo Police Department, Baraboo Fire Department and Baraboo EMS assisted at the scene.

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