November 24, 2014

Fatality in central Wisconsin

One person is dead and another hospitalized after an early morning traffic crash in Clark County.

Deputies were called to Highway T about 2 1/2 miles north of Withee at 3:15 a.m. Thursday. Their initial investigation shows the northbound vehicle struck a mailbox and a driveway embankment causing it to become airborne before coming to rest in the west ditch. The passenger, 30-year-old Lisa Gaede, was able to call for help, and was flown to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield with serious injuries.

Jeffrey Gaede, 54, was pronounced dead at the scene. Deputies say neither occupant was wearing seat belts. They believe speed was a factor in the crash, and they suspect alcohol may be involved as well. The investigation is continuing.