A 28-year old Wisconsin Rapids woman is dead following a rollover accident in the Town of Grant early Saturday morning.
The Portage County Sheriff's Department received the 911 call around 12:17 AM reporting a one vehicle rollover on State Highway 54 near 90th Street in the Town of Grant. When deputies arrived on scene they discovered a car traveling westbound on the roadway had rolled into the north ditch.
The driver, identified as 28-year old Ashley Suit, had been partially ejected from the car. The passenger, 27-year old Kenneth Stivers, was flown to St. Joseph's Hospital by helicopter with non-life threatening injuries. His current condition is unknown.
The Sheriff's Office's Technical Crash Investigation Team responded to the scene. Alcohol and failure to use seat belts are suspected to be contributing factors in the crash and subsequent death. The exact cause of the crash remains under investigation. A further investigation by the Portage County Coroner's Office will work to determine if other contributing factors may have led to the accident and injuries.
In addition to the Sheriff's Office, the Wood County Sheriff's Department, Grand Rapids Fire Department, United Ambulance, Plover Fire Department, Ministry Spirit medical helicopter, and Grant Emergency Medical Responders responded to the scene.
This crash is the third fatal crash and fourth fatality on Portage County highways in 2014. The Sheriff's Office would like to remind motorists not to drink and drive and always wear their seat belts.
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