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.

JQCitizen April 02, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Who was driving the SUV that crossed the center line is different in The Journal Times.
Dave Lyons April 02, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Based on reports from two sources, I was thinking the same thing as to who was driving what. I also had some questions about whether it was true that people may have left the scene before help arrived. If so this is a disgrace not to help someone in need.
JQCitizen April 02, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Right? Especially if one was an officer with another department. Was it reported if alcohol is believed to be involved?
Avenging Angel April 02, 2012 at 10:41 PM
I posted a blog on the RJT site asking who is correct. As I stated there, when a death is involved, it is doubly important to get the facts straight.
upset father April 02, 2012 at 11:32 PM
So sad it happens way to often !
Denise Lockwood April 03, 2012 at 01:18 AM
I'm the one who had it wrong, but Brian called earlier this afternoon and things are all straight now.
Becki J. Hess April 03, 2012 at 01:46 AM
So it was Dan hess who caused the accidents?
upset father April 03, 2012 at 02:30 AM
My heart goes put for these families !
Denise Lockwood April 03, 2012 at 02:45 AM
@Becki, Brian was explaining the position of the vehicles and the sequence of events. I wouldn't say Dan did or didn't cause the crash because they haven't (at least to my knowledge) issued any citations. But I do plan to follow-up on this in the morning. If you are a family member, hope Dan is OK. Feel free to email me at denise.lockwood@patch.com if you have any questions.
concerned friend April 03, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Three different stories from three different sources. People need to get their story straight before printing anything. This was such a tragedy........
Becki J. Hess April 03, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Agreed! I think its not right to print out anything until the investigating is finalized ...
JQCitizen April 03, 2012 at 09:09 PM
If the police are releasing statements, I would believe that, so I am actually going believe the Journal Times has correct information, for once. They have also just updated the story.
Denise Lockwood April 03, 2012 at 11:00 PM
@JQ... you can do that, but I was actually at the police station when I got this information from Brian Wall. When he realized things weren't correct in the story, he called me right away and I corrected it right away. A lot of my readers are the cops themselves. If they see anything wrong, they either call me, leave a message in the comments or email me. And I actually go to the police station two to three times a week to gather this information. I have 13 years of experience in gathering the news... and yes, sometimes mistakes are made. I admit it and fix it. I was the second shift cops reporter at the Kenosha News for several years. I'm confident that this version of the story is correct to the best of my ability with the information I'm given.
JQCitizen April 04, 2012 at 01:17 AM
While I appreciate that, your story above still says that Beech crossed the center line. You can understand your readers confusion.
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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