Two Injured in Crash on Highway 63
A crash occurred at the junction of U.S. Highway 63 and River Road Alley four miles south of Hayward at 3:10 on November 24, 2017, involving two vehicles.
A 1998 GMC Sierra pickup truck driven by Kevin Utphall, Franklin, Wis, was southbound on Hwy 63 stopped at the intersection waiting for traffic to clear before turning into River Road Alley. The pickup truck was struck in the rear at a speed of approximately 55 mph by another southbound vehicle, a 2006 Saturn sport utility vehicle driven by Becky Bonkoski, Springbrook.
According to the accident report, witnesses reported never seeing the Saturn slow down or seeing brake lights come on prior to crashing into the pickup truck.
Both drivers sustained serious injuries and were transported to Hayward Memorial Hospital. A Life Flight Helicopter was dispatched from Rice Lake, but the report didn’t confirm which driver may have been transported or to where.
Town of Hayward Fire and EMS responded to the scene. The crash resulted in Hwy 63 being closed for approximately 50 minutes.
Bonkoski was cited for inattentive driving.