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PIERCE COUNTY Accident Reports

Police responded to a twovehicle crash at 3:24 p.m. Oct. 15 at U.S. Highway 63 and Highway 29 (north intersection) in the town of Gilman between a 2016 Kia Forte, driven by Michele Renee Goblirsch, 53, Hudson, and a 2012 Chevrolet Impala, driven by

Trevor William Tuenge, 19, Elmwood. Goblirsch was heading southbound on Highway 63 and Tuenge was coming eastbound on Highway 29. Tuenge failed to stop at the stop sign and struck Goblirsch’s passenger side. Both vehicles entered the east ditch, where Tuenge struck a traffic sign and Goblirsch struck a utility pole. Goblirsch wore a seat belt and was taken by ambulance to Western Wisconsin Health with possible injuries. Tuenge, who did not wear a seat belt, was also taken to Western Wisconsin Health with possible injuries. Both vehicles were towed due to disabling damage. Tuenge was cited for fail/stop at stop sign.

Officers responded to a twovehicle crash at 5:27 p.m. Oct. 15 on U.S. Highway 10 just east of 610th Street in the town of Ellsworth between a 2014 Dodge Durango, driven by

Heather Marie Styba, 32, Ellsworth, and a 2017 Ford Escape, driven by Julie Anne Pechacek, 68, River Falls. Styba was heading eastbound on Highway 10 when Pechacek pulled out from a private establishment and struck Styba’s Durango. Pechacek said she looked before pulling out but didn’t see anyone. Styba, who wore a seat belt, reported possible injuries but was not transported. Three juveniles in Styba’s vehicle, ages 2, 6 and 8, were properly restrained and had no apparent injuries. Pechacek and her passenger, Jeanne Marie Fink, 66, Ellsworth, wore seat belts and reported no injuries. Both vehicles had to be towed due to disabling damage.

Deputies responded to a three-vehicle crash at 4:15 p.m. Oct. 16 at U.S. Highway 10 and County Road QQ in the town of Oak Grove between a 2003 MBW 325, driven by

Abenezer Yegezu Bekele, 22, Farmington, Minn.; a 2015 Honda VT750 motorcycle, driven by James Earl Schwan, 59, Houlton; and a 2009 Dodge Ram 1500, driven by Trista Allison Duffy, 35, Prescott. Bekele was traveling eastbound on Highway 10, while Schwan was stopped in traffic waiting for another vehicle to make a left-hand turn onto County Road QQ. Duffy was heading westbound on Highway 10. Bekele approached the intersection and performed an evasive maneuver, going left of the center line into oncoming traffic, to avoid hitting Schwan. Bekele struck the driver’s side rear of Schwan’s motorcycle and the right passenger side of Duffy’s truck, who also tried to avoid impact, overturned and struck a traffic sign post. Bekele’s BMW landed on its roof in the north ditch and started on fire. The motorcycle came to rest on Highway 10’s south shoulder, while Duffy’s truck ended up in the north ditch facing south. Bekele, who wore a seat belt, was transported by helicopter to Regions Hospital with suspected serious injuries. Schwan, who wore a full-face helmet, boots, jacket and long pants, reported no injuries. Duffy and her 5-year-old passenger wore seat belts and were transported by ambulance to Regions Hospital with possible injuries. The motorcycle had minor damage, but the other two vehicles were towed due to disabling damage.

October 27, 2021