Car rollover crash kills 2 in Rock Co.

Car rolled over several times in Janesville Township
Car rollover crash kills 2 in Rock Co.

Two people died after they were ejected from their car after it overturned several times early Sunday morning, the Rock County Sheriff’s Office said.

Rock County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched at about 2 a.m. Sunday to the 5200 block of West Mineral Point Road in Janesville Township on a report of a rollover crash.

Deputies found a 1998 Audi A4 on the south side of the road approximately 30 feet from the roadway.

The vehicle had severe damage and appeared to have overturned several times, according to a Rock County Sheriff’s Office news release.

Deputies found two victims who had been ejected on the ground near the vehicle.

Authorities immediately started life-saving measures but the driver and front seat passenger died from injuries sustained in the crash, according to the news release.

Sheriff’s officials said an initial investigation shows the Audi was traveling westbound on West Mineral Point Road when the driver, Travis Simon, 19, of Edgerton, attempted to pass two other vehicles.

While trying to pass the vehicles, Simon lost control of the Audi and went into a skid, and the vehicle entered the south ditch and began to roll, sheriff’s officials said.

The vehicle overturned several times coming to rest on its wheels.

Simon and the front seat passenger, Emanuel Ocelot, 18, of Janesville, were both ejected from the vehicle, sheriff’s officials said.

Simon was pronounced dead at the scene by the Rock County Coroner’s Office and Ocelot was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Janesville, where he was pronounced dead by hospital staff.

Sheriff’s officials said there were three other occupants seated in the rear of the vehicle that fled the scene prior to deputies’ arrival. 

All three people were later found by law enforcement and were taken to local hospitals, where they were treated and released for various non-life threatening injuries.

The crash remains under investigation, but speed and alcohol are believed to be factors in the crash, sheriff’s officials said.

Authorities said they believe Simon and Ocelot were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.  

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