UPDATE: Fatal Motorcycle Crash In Rock County

UPDATED Tuesday, June 1, 2010 --- 9:55 a.m.

The Rock County Coroner’s Office has identified Sheldon “Ken” Howard, 63, of Middleton, as the person who died in the motorcycle accident on May 31, 2010 on North U.S. 14. The name had previously been withheld until family could be notified.

An autopsy and toxicology testing are planned to determine the cause of the motorcycle crash.


Posted Monday, May 31, 2010 --- 8:30 a.m.

Press Release from the Rock County Sheriff's Office:

On 05/31/10, at 12:37 am, Rock County Sheriff’s Office deputies along with officers from Evansville Police Department, Evansville EMS/Fire, and City of Janesville Paramedics responded to N. USH 14 and W. Union Road for a single motorcycle crash with injuries. The crash occurred approximately 2.5 miles north of the City of Evansville.

Upon arrival, EMS personnel found the driver, a 64 year-old-male from Middleton, WI lying on the ground unresponsive. CPR was initiated and Med-Flight was requested to respond, however, life saving measures were unsuccessful and the Rock County Coroner pronounced the driver deceased at 2:45 a.m.

The accident investigation reveals that the driver was northbound on USH 14 and had just completed negotiating a curve. The driver then proceeded to drive off the road onto the east gravel shoulder. The driver struck a culvert and was ejected. The driver suffered a head injury as a result of being ejected and was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Alcohol and failure to have control appear to be contributing factors in the crash. Identity of the driver is pending notification of family.

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