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UPDATE: Racine County Sheriff Involved in 4-Vehicle Accident

Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling and his daughter were returning from a golf outing when accident occurred at Highways C and V.

The scene from above from Chopper 12. (Credit: WISN 12 News)
The scene from above from Chopper 12. (Credit: WISN 12 News)
Reported by Patch Editor Denise Lockwood

Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling and his daughter Samantha were involved in a four-vehicle accident Friday afternoon at county Highways V and C in Mount Pleasant.

Schmaling and his daughter, who were on their way back from volunteering at a Cops and Kids golf outing, were not injured in the chain-reaction crash. There do not appear to be other injuries, although a South Shore Fire Department ambulance was on the scene.

The accident occurred at 1:37 p.m. when the driver of a Toyota Corolla south on Highway V ran a stop sign and struck a Union Grove Lumber truck that was westbound on Highway C, according to the driver of that truck and a sheriff's deputy.

The truck spun around and then struck Schmaling's Ford Expedition, which was eastbound on Highway C. A fourth car swerved to avoid the accident and wound up in a ditch.

The driver of the Corolla was ticketed for failing to stop at a stop sign, the deputy said.

"Immediately the driver of the silver car ran up to me and asked if we were OK and saying it was his fault," Schmaling said. "He thought it was a four-way stop and he said he was really sorry."

Schmaling told the driver he and Samantha were OK, but he needed to pull himself together.

"I'm just really happy no one was seriously injured," he said.

Schmaling was driving a Ford Expedition, which is owned by the Sheriff's Department. The engine was broken off of the mounts and Schmaling couldn't open the driver's side door.

"I told the driver of the silver car, this thing (the squad) is a wreck, but we're all going to be OK," Schmaling said. "He was really taking this hard."


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lehmanJ August 09, 2013 at 05:49 PM
Let's put a ROUNDABOUT at that terrible intersection !!!
Caledonia Retiree August 09, 2013 at 08:26 PM
I don't think it's a terrible intersection-I go through it all the time. In fact, there is a flashing red light on top of the stop signs alerting the Highway V traffic that it is NOT a 4-way stop! Also, the speed limit on Highway V drops to 40 MPH in that area if you are going South (like the idiot who ran the stop sign was doing). This is another case of some moron texting, blabbing on the cellphone, playing with the radio or MP3 player or otherwise NOT PAYING ATTENTION TO THEIR DRIVING. Maybe they were under the influence of drugs or alcohol. There are no obstructions and you get a clear view of Highway C which is usually very busy. I hope Shmaling throws the book at this goof.
me August 09, 2013 at 11:21 PM
What was the cops BAC?
Karen Itzenhuiser August 10, 2013 at 12:15 AM
That has always been a dangerous corner and many accidents have occured there over the years. We're always very cautious when at that intersection. Yes there are obstructions at that corner. We've lived in the county all our lives and from the time we were young kids, we've commented on the poor view for crossing traffic traveling on Hwy V. Happy to hear that no one was hurt.
Ron Vandenboom August 10, 2013 at 09:25 AM
Blame the guy that ran the stop sign, not the intersection, sheesh!
Susan Duchesneau August 10, 2013 at 11:10 AM
I agree with Ron...the guy ran the stop sign plain and simple and caused the accident.
Frances Martin August 10, 2013 at 12:58 PM
two way intersections are inherently dangerous, especially for people who don't ordinarily travel on them. I warn all guests from out of town about 2-ways. That said, it''s also true that a driver paying attention would see the stop sign. The flashing stop sin at County G and H is amazingly noticeable-maybe if it's not too costly those could be placed at major 2 ways.
Mr. 262 August 10, 2013 at 01:55 PM
Driving around in a vehicle owned by the Racine County Sheriff's Department at taxpayer's expense. Why wasn't he driving his personal vehicle to that golf outing?

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