Motorcycle passing in no passing zone crashes into car, driver injured, deputies say
A motorcycle driver was injured in crash Saturday afternoon when deputies said he was passing in a no passing zone and hit a car.
Sauk County sheriff’s officials were sent around 5:10 p.m. to a motorcycle versus car crash on Highway 23/33 west of Highway 136 in the town of Reedsburg, according to a release.
The caller reported that the motorcycle driver was lying in the road, and that the car involved in the crash had overturned and was on its roof in the ditch, officials said.
According to the release, the motorcycle driver, 45-year-old James W. Mach, of DeForest , suffered life-threatening injuries in the crash and was taken to UW Hospital by Med Flight. He was not wearing a helmet.
Brandy N. Lieder, 38, of Reedsburg, was driving the car and was treated at the scene, officials said. She was wearing a seat belt.
Investigators said the 1999 Honda Accord car and the 2013 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Ultra motorcycle were going east on Highway 23/33 when the car slowed down to turn left into a driveway.
The motorcycle tried to pass the car on the left using the oncoming traffic lane in a marked no passing zone, according to the release. When the car started turning left, the motorcycle hit the driver’s side of the car.
The car spun around, went into the north ditch and overturned onto its roof, deputies said. The motorcycle slid on its side, and the driver was thrown from the motorcycle.
According to the release, improper passing and violating a no-passing zone were contributing factors in the crash.
Alcohol use is not known at this time, deputies said.