A Monroe woman is dead after a single-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon near the town of Avon, officials said. The woman’s vehicle was hidden from view and found by deputies investigating reports of vehicle debris in the area.
Rock County sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of vehicle debris and tire tracks in the grass in the 17000 block of West Highway 81 in the town of Avon around 2:45 p.m., according to a release.
Deputies found a 1995 Dodge Ram pickup truck smashed up and obscured from view in a tree line near a cornfield. The female driver, Nicole E. Schultz, 27, of Monroe, was found trapped inside. Schultz was the only occupant of the vehicle.
Investigators said Schultz was traveling eastbound on West Highway 81 at a high rate of speed when she entered the south shoulder of the road and over corrected her steering, which caused the vehicle to cross the road and exit the north shoulder.
The vehicle slid sideways through the grass and went into the ditch and struck a raised driveway, according to the release. The vehicle became airborne, traveled approximately 144 feet in the air, where it hit a tree and came to a rest in the wooded area.
Deputies said Schultz was not wearing a seat belt and was pronounced dead the scene.
Schultz was last seen in Monroe around 10:45 Monday night and may have been going to Beloit, officials said.
Neighbors in the area reported hearing a loud noise sometime around 11:30 p.m., deputies said. Nothing was reported at the time, likely due to darkness and the fact that the crash was obscured from view.