Policeman killed in Walworth County crash

Truck, car collide nearly head on in fatal morning accident

The man killed in a Walworth County car-versus-truck crash near the Town of Lyons was a police officer, authorities said.

According to the Walworth County Sheriff’s Department, deputies responded to a report of an accident early Saturday on Highway 120 about .5-mile south of Highway 36.

Authorities said Twin Lakes police Lt. Jeffrey Kreft, 36, of Spring Prairie, was on his way home after a shift when a truck crossed the center line and the two vehicles collided nearly head on. Kreft suffered critical injuries and was pronounced dead about an hour later, according to the report.

The 1998 Ford F-150 truck was driven by a 16-year-old who suffered a broken foot in the crash and was treated at an area hospital and released, the sheriff said.

Police said the truck and Kreft’s 1998 Saturn sustained major damage. Both drivers were wearing seat belts, according to the report.

The highway was shut down for about four hours Saturday morning as an accident team investigated the crash.

Authorities said the investigation is ongoing. No citations or charges have been issued, according to the report.

Police said Kreft was sworn into service with the Twin Lakes Police Department earlier this month. Before joining the Twin Lakes force, he had served with Genoa and Delevan departments, a statement said.