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15-year-old killed in alcohol-related crash, police say

SUMPTER, Wis. - A 15-year-old involved in a crash Friday night in Sauk County died early Sunday morning, officials said.

A vehicle traveling southbound on U.S. Highway 12 Friday night crashed after failing to negotiate a curve while speeding, police said in a release.

Puneet Kumar Sharma, 20, of Madison, was driving the Honda Accord when it entered a ditch before becoming airborne and striking several trees, the release said. 

Officials said two juvenile female passengers, ages 13 and 15, were injured. 

The 13-year-old was transported to Sauk Prairie Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

The 15-year-old suffered severe injuries and was taken by UW Med Flight helicopter to the UW Hospital, according to the release. The 15-year-old died Sunday at 5:35 a.m. from injuries suffered in the crash.

Sharma was arrested and is facing charges of causing injury while operating a motor vehicle while under the influence with a passenger under 16 years of age, officials said. 

The Sauk County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crash.


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