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Mount Pleasant Police are seeking information about a fatal Friday morning ATV crash. Friday at 1:39 a.m., the Mount Pleasant Police Department, along with South Shore Fire Department, responded to the 12500 Block of Braun Road in the Village of Mount Pleasant. They were responding to a report of an ATV crash. The caller, a passenger, indicated that his friend was unconscious.

Upon arrival and further investigation, officers located the ejected ATV riders. Officers unfortunately determined that the driver was deceased. The passenger was transported to the Wheaton Ascension Emergency Room for his non-life-threatening injuries. The Racine County Medical Examiners Office, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and Wisconsin State Patrol all responded to the scene to assist in the Investigation

It was later learned that alcohol may have been a factor. The ATV ignored the Road Closed signs; headed westbound on Braun Road,then traveled into a rocky ravine where there is no roadway. It struck the bank of that ravine. That coupled with the speed of the ATV appears to be the main contributing factor.

The names of the riders are being withheld until proper notification can be made to the driver’s family. The driver and passenger were both 21 years of age and resided in Mt. Pleasant.

According to a release from the MPPD: “The Mount Pleasant Police Department would like to remind the public to NOT bypass “Road Closed” signs. This crash may have been avoided if adherence to such signs were followed for Public Safety.”

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Mount Pleasant Police Department at 884-0454 option #4. Or Crime Stoppers at 262-636-9330, via e-mail or through the website. Or by sending a text message to CRIMES (274637) and typing in TIP417 with your text message.

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Rex Davenport

Rex Davenport is a reporter, editor and editorial project manager with more than 40 years of experience in newspaper, business magazines and other content channels.