First Fatal Accident Of 2020 Recorded in Vernon County

VERNON COUNTY, WI (Ben Caxton) — Vernon County had it’s first fatal 2020 accident Saturday. Shortly after 3:00 PM, the Vernon County Dispatch Center received a 911 call reporting a UTV crash on Fortner Road south of State Highway 82 in the town of Wheatland. 28-year-old Kyle P. Deegan of rural Desoto was operating a Polaris Razr on a marked ATV route. Deegan lost control of his UTV causing it to go out of control striking a power pole. Kyle Deegan and backseat passenger’s Austin Haskovec and Justin Martinek were all ejected from the UTV. Ryan Pritchard was in the front passenger seat wearing a seatbelt and remained inside the UTV during the crash. Pritchard was checked out and released at the scene by EMS. Justin Martinek was airlifted to Gundersen Health by Gundersen Air. Austin Haskovec was transported to Gundersen Health by Tri-State Ambulance, both with serious injuries. Kyle Deegan was pronounced deceased at the scene by Vernon County Coroner Betty Nigh.

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