Medical examiner identifies 53-year-old woman who died in Verona multivehicle crash

VERONA, Wis. - The Dane County Medical Examiner's Office released the name of the woman who died in the multi-vehicle crash on Highway 18-151 in Verona Monday morning. 

Catherine M. Hoelzel, 53, of Blanchardville, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, according to a release from the Dane County Medical Examiner's Office. 

Crews responded just before 8 a.m. The Dane County Sheriff's Office said the crash involved as many as 29 vehicles. Poor visibility due to heavy patches of fog is believed to be a contributing factor. Speed was also a likely factor, officials say. 

After a forensic autopsy, officials confirmed that Hoelzel's death was a result of injuries sustained in the crash. Officials will do additional testing, according to the release. 

Sheriff's spokeswoman Elise Schaffer said six people were taken to the hospital for injuries suffered in the crash, and one was flown by medical helicopter. 

Hoelzel worked at SSM Health Dean Medical Group for 17 years, SSM Health officials said.

SSM Health released a statement Wednesday:

"Cathy began working for our organization in 2000. She has been a well-respected colleague, mentor and go-to person for many. Our hearts go out to her family, friends and all of our fellow employees who worked closely with her. She will be missed."

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