One killed, two injured in Milton crash

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Nico Savidge and Neil Johnson
Sunday, July 14, 2013

TOWN OF MILTON--Rock County sheriff's authorities suspect driver fatigue contributed to a two-vehicle crash north of Milton that killed one person and left another with life-threatening injuries early Sunday.

Lisa Furlott, 37, Milton, was northbound in a Kia Spectra on Highway 26 near Klug Road just after midnight Sunday when a Dodge Ram pickup truck driven by David Wartner III of Janesville crossed the center line and collided with her head-on, according to the Rock County Sheriff's Office.

Both vehicles sustained heavy front-end damage, and the crash sent Furlott's car into a ditch, police said.

Furlott was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the news release.

A passenger in her car, 34-year-old Jessica Furlott of Madison, was taken to Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center in Janesville with life-threatening injuries, according to a news release.

Hospital officials said Sunday they had not been given consent to release any information about Lisa Furlott's condition.

Wartner, 21, was taken by ambulance to St. Mary's Janesville Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Wartner's father and passenger, David Wartner Jr., 41, also was taken to St. Mary's Janesville Hospital as a precaution, police said.

Both men were treated and released from the hospital, a hospital official said.

Sheriff's deputies, Milton police and Wisconsin State Patrol closed a stretch of Highway 26 near the crash scene for more than five hours during cleanup and an investigation.

Police on Sunday believed “fatigue” was the primary factor in the crash. Alcohol does not appear to have been a factor.

Authorities did not say if Wartner has been cited in the crash.

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