One-car crash kills Whitewater man in Troy

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Staff | September 2, 2013

TROY TOWNSHIP--A Whitewater man died in a one-car crash at 5:42 a.m. Sunday on Wisconsin Highway 20 near Zimmerman Road in the town of Troy, according to a release from the Walworth County Sheriff's Office.

The victim is identified as Richard F. Eckert, 65, Whitewater. He was the only occupant in the car.

According to the release, preliminary investigation showed Eckert was traveling eastbound on Wisconsin Highway 20 in a 2000 Ford Taurus. While he was attempting to handle a curve in the road, his car struck a guardrail on the west side of the highway, sending the vehicle across the road several hundred feet before striking a tree.

First responders found Eckert dead in the car, which was seriously damaged.

An autopsy is scheduled for later this week to determine the exact cause of death.

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