UPDATE: Woman's Death Ruled 'Accidental' By Medical Examiner

One woman is dead and a man was seriously injured in a three-car crash that happened at the intersection of 6 Mile and Foley roads. A third man was uninjured.

UPDATE 7:31 a.m. April 5: Tom Terry, medical examiner for Racine County, said Schluechtermann's death was ruled accidental after she was thrown from the vehicle. Caledonia Police have not issued any citations to any of the driver's involved in the crash.

UPDATE 7:21 a.m. April 3: Michelle Schluechtermann was driving to her job at the Milwaukee VA Center when she was involved in a head-on collision with a car. Troy Schluechtermann, Michelle's husband of 23 years, told the Racine Journal Times, "My wife has been my angel."

ORIGINAL STORY: One woman is dead and one man was injured following a Monday morning crash at the intersection of 6-Mile and Foley roads that involved three vehicles.

According to Caledonia Police, the collision happened about 6:30 a.m.

Michelle Schluechtermann, 42, of Caledonia was killed in the crash and Daniel Hess, 37, of Caledonia, has serious injuries. A third man, Steven Beech, 46, of Caledonia, was not injured in the crash. Hess was transported to Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Hospital in Racine.

Lt. Gary Larsen, of the Caledonia Police Department, said they believe that the SUV, which was being driven by Beech, was traveling westbound on Six Mile Road when Hess, who was traveling eastbound, crossed centerline and sideswiped Beech. Hess’s car continued eastbound in the westbound and hit a mini-van head-on, which was driven by Schluechtermann.

"At this point, I would be hesitant to say that the woman (Schluechtermann) was ejected," Wall said. "We're not sure if she was ejected, but we think she may have been thrown around within the vehicle and some passersby pulled her out."

Wall said some people tried to help the crash victims, but they left before police arrived on scene. One may have been an off-duty police officer with another police department, but Wall said he was still trying to confirm that detail.

"If people were there, we would love for people to come forward," Wall said. "We've talked to some witnesses and both of the people involved and their statements are conflicting with physical evidence."

Police continue to investigate the crash.

If you have any information, please call the Caledonia Police Department at (262) 835-4423 or Crime Stoppers at (262) 636-9330.

*This version corrects an earlier version that should have indicated that Hess crossed the centerline, clipped Beech's SUV and crashed head on into Schluechtermann.

Mike Cantwell April 04, 2012 at 06:28 PM
So what is the latest news on the crash..? As far as who caused it and whatnot..? To many different stories... Don't know what to believe already... So if anybody has the latest news please share..!
Denise Lockwood April 04, 2012 at 09:26 PM
JQ... that's because that's what Brian Wall told me when he called to correct the story. If someone else has any other information on it, then call me at (262) 664-3850. I'll verify it with the PD and if they say it's correct, then I'm more than happy to change the story. @Mike, I called Sgt. Brian Wall yesterday and there still aren't any charges. I plan to go to the station tomorrow morning and I'll check on it again though. Sometimes it takes time to re-enact the crash and/or get tox reports back.
Denise Lockwood April 05, 2012 at 01:14 AM
@JQ... Checked in with Lt. Larsen tonight asking him to double check the story. He did clarify that it was Hess that crossed the center line. I made the correction and I apologize for the error. When I read my notes back to Brian the other day, he said I had it right. But I must of misunderstood him.
JQCitizen May 10, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Any updates on this story?
Denise Lockwood May 10, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Just asked yesterday and was told via email this morning no.


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