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19-year-old dies after car crashes into McFarland home

Published: Apr. 14, 2021 at 5:41 AM CDT|Updated: Apr. 14, 2021 at 5:18 PM CDT
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McFARLAND, Wis. (WMTV) - The 19-year-old Fitchburg man who was behind the wheel of a vehicle when it crashed into a McFarland home late Tuesday night has died, the Wisconsin Dept. of Justice confirmed.

Authorities have not released the driver’s name; however, his mother identified him as Cam-Ron Poelinitz. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Dept. of Justice.

The other four people in the vehicle at the time were injured and taken to a local hospital for treatment. Nobody inside the home at the time was hurt.

The Dept. of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation indicates the vehicle had been heading south on U.S. Hwy. 51 when a McFarland officer tried stopping it for speeding. The vehicle did not stop and, after exiting onto Siggelkow Road, it continued fleeing; meanwhile, the officer, who had activated the cruiser’s emergency lights, ended the chase, the report continued.

While still in the Siggelkow Road area, the officer, who was heading east, drove past the vehicle which was reportedly accelerating westbound on the road. By the time the officer had turned around caught up with car it had crashed into the home, near the Siggelkow Rd. and Dream Lane intersection.

Police and other emergency responders were on the scene all night. The car was finally pulled from the structure after daybreak Wednesday morning.

A neighbor, Sabrina Combs told NBC15 News, she “heard a big boom and my dog started barking so I got up to see what was going on and as soon as we got up the whole street was lit up with police cars coming from all over.”

According to DCI, the McFarland Police Dept. asked it to conduct the investigation into Poelinitz’ death.

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