Driver arrested in fatal 2-car crash in Rock Co.

Sheriff's officials say driver failed to stop at stop sign
Driver arrested in fatal 2-car crash in Rock Co.

A suspected intoxicated driver has been arrested following a two-car crash that killed one person and injured three others, the Rock County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies from the Rock County Sheriff’s Office and the Janesville Fire Department responded at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday to a report of a two-car crash at Highway 11 and County Highway B in Janesville Township.

Deputies found a Chevy Impala sitting in the intersection with flames coming from the engine compartment. The second vehicle, a Kia Optima, was east of the intersection on the north side of the road.

Janesville firefighters extinguished the fire. The driver of Impala was extricated from the vehicle and transported to the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison by Med Flight.

Four people were inside the Kia Optima, and three of them were transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Janesville, where they were treated and released.

The fourth passenger in the Kia Optima, James M. Menard, 64, of Chicago, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a Rock County Sheriff’s Office news release.

Sheriff’s officials said the preliminary investigation shows that the Impala, driven by Tara Carlson, 39, of Janesville, was heading northbound on West State Highway 11 and failed to stop at a stop sign.

After going through the stop sign, the Impala collided with the Kia, which was being driven by a 64-year-old Footville man, according to a Rock County Sheriff’s Office news release.

The Rock County Sheriff’s Office reconstruction team was called to the scene to assist with the traffic crash investigation.

Though the crash remains under investigation, Carlson has been arrested on one count of homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle and three counts of causing injury by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle, sheriff’s officials said.  

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