Drunk driver runs stop sign, suffers life-threatening injuries after crash

Drunk driver runs stop sign, suffers life-threatening injuries after crash
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A Beloit man is facing an OWI charge after failing to stop at a stop sign and causing a crash.

According to a release from the Green County Sheriff’s Office, 21-year-old Colton P. Van Marter was driving southbound on county highway T when he drove through a stop sign into the path of a vehicle driving eastbound. The 21-year-old’s vehicle then went into a ditch and hit a sign post.

Robin M. Smith, of Beloit, was driving the vehicle headed eastbound. The 52-year-old’s vehicle had severe front-end damage and was towed from the scene. Her injuries were not life-threatening.

Van Marter was airlifted to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. He was not wearing a seatbelt.

Van Marter is facing charges of second-offense OWI, failure to stop at a stop sign and operating while revoked, among other charges.

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