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Two Injured in Rollover Car Crash In Caledonia

A three-car crash Thursday morning sent two people to the hospital. One of those injured had to be extricated from the car and was taken by a Flight For Life helicopter.

**Updated 5 p.m.

A three-vehicle crash at 8:20 a.m. Thursday sent two people to the hospital; one of them via Flight for Life.

According to a press release from the Caledonia Police Department, Sheryl Bink, 20, of Racine, was driving a Pontiac Grand Am east in the 7100 block of Five Mile Road when she hit a trailer parked on the side of the road. Bink then hit an on-coming van and flipped over.

She had to be extricated and was taken by Flight for Life to Froedtert Hospital where she is in serious condition.

John Pavlik, 57, was driving the van, and he was transported to Wheaton Franciscan via ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.

Five Mile Road was shut down in both directions for about two hours.

Caledonia PD continues to investigate what caused the accident but do not believe alcohol was a factor.

Editor's Note: In an earlier version of this story, we stated that police were investigating if alcohol or inattentive driving were a factor in the accident. When we updated the story with information from the release from Caledonia PD, we neglected to clarify that alcohol was probably not a cause. We have since corrected the information and regret the error.

Caledonia Retiree January 11, 2013 at 12:46 AM
Five Mile Road in the Eastern part of the village requires 100% attention with all the tempting things to gawk at not to mention those treacherous curves between hwy 31 and hwy 32. I wonder what a trailer was doing parked on this road?
mom2000 January 11, 2013 at 01:02 AM
You are a SICK TWISTED F***!!! I pray for you, GOD don't like ugly, and Karma is a B****, I hope you will meet soon! Do you have a wife, and daughters, or are you hating this girl because you hate woman? Fudge packer are you? I want to thank you ahead of time for posting a pic of yourself! Your time will come, you will eat your words. People with a mind frame such as you have express, should be locked away somewhere. You have issues!
Brian kohlmann January 11, 2013 at 01:04 AM
To wish harm on a person like that is beyond words. I just spent the last eight hours by her side. And just for your info she was not on the phone. The police have it for evidence. To get a call that a young person has been gravely injured is a parents worst nightmare come true. You are one cold heartless person
Julie Kohlmann January 11, 2013 at 01:10 AM
Mike, you have no idea what happened in this accident, and I do not appreciate your rude comments about my family member. You are one cold heartless person to wish harm upon another. It's a parents worse nightmare to receive a call that your child was in a serious accident such as we did this morning. And for your information she was NOT on the phone.
Kelly Bosseler Filerman January 11, 2013 at 02:06 AM
Mike its sad that you are so judgemental on some one you don't even know. I hope when you meet your maker you are judged as callously as you judged her...I know as a parent I would hate to get that phone call saying my child was in aaccident...I hope she makes a speedy recovery.
Lil' Country Bumpkin January 11, 2013 at 02:21 AM
@Michael P. Itzenhuiser 12/16/1965... is just a lifeless douchebag. He makes stupid statements everywhere just to get a rise out of people. Michael... You know you have no friends and making an offensive statement is the only thing you can do to get someones attention. You are truly a waste of skin... you contribute nothing to society. Do everyone a favor and disappear, no one will miss you.
john kalashian January 11, 2013 at 06:25 AM
God Bless you 1st Responders and your families as you serve the people who call upon you. Chaplain John
Denise Lockwood January 11, 2013 at 02:25 PM
@Brian... I hope she'll be OK. Please let us know if there's anything we can do.
Tuco January 11, 2013 at 06:13 PM
Brian, I hope she is OK. It was a terrible accident. From the police reports the outcome does not sound good. Please update us on her condition.
Tuco January 11, 2013 at 06:14 PM
The trailer is a job trailer. It was there for a contractor to work at a house. That section of 5 mile rd is pretty straight...
mom2000 January 11, 2013 at 11:13 PM
@Tim that's funny a job? It was sitting in front of THE OWNERS home where his employee parked it in the road!
Caledonia Retiree January 12, 2013 at 12:34 AM
Really? The Journal Times reported that the trailer was parked in front of A CUSTOMER'S house where work was about to begin. Hmmm.....
mom2000 January 12, 2013 at 03:26 AM
Your absolutely correct that is exactly what the paper said, and that is not true. The owner of the business lives there, and his employee parked there was in the house talking to him.
Brian kohlmann January 12, 2013 at 04:37 AM
I have seen that trailer in the guys yard since he bought the house over two years ago. Look on google maps to see the pic of it there The trailer was puller out of the yard and illegally parked. Wi law requires three cones with red flags front and rear spaced over 100feet. If I was this guy I would be checking my insurance.
Tuco January 13, 2013 at 10:09 PM
Mom2000 & Brian, It's quite obvious the young lady is a family member or friend of yours. Since neither of you were present when teh accident occurred, how do you have such intimate knowledge of the events? I have read your blogs on facebook and the JT website. I was not there, but from what I can see from teh pictures and the description of the accident, it appears Cheryl hit a stationary object at a high rate of speed. I'm a little familiar with that section of road having traveled it a few times myself. You can see the bridge from Hwy 38! The trailer was just east of the bridge. I am not being accusatory nor am I defending her actions but fromthe looks of it, in the JT pictures & description, Patch pictures and description it appears Cheryl was moving at a very high rate of speed and not paying attention. Like I said earlier, I hope she is OK. It is a terrible accident. Her collision, affected many lives and businesses. The Van's truck, the Gutter trailer and her car are totalled. Like you said Brian, If I was her I would be checking my insurance!
wis. MAN 4 REAL January 13, 2013 at 10:39 PM
To the remark of trailer being parked on side of road and how there were no cores or flags what you are forgetting this could have been a car broke down, a van dropping somebody off. man woman or kids standing on the side of road ,Or just some kind of debris (she was not paying attention and hit it) it is called inattentive driving someone could of died in the accident fortunately people were only injured according to you it was not her fault because there were no orange cones and flag
As real as it gets January 13, 2013 at 11:48 PM
The trailer had been there for some time. When you are going to block the one and only lane of traffic you must follow the law. I don't write them. The law is very specific about this. It's easy to look up. Laws are usually made after they were needed. I think it's fair to say something like this has happened in the past. Therefore there is a law to help prevent these types of accidents. No one is above the law. I'm sure the lawyers and a judge and jury will have a answer later.
mom2000 January 14, 2013 at 12:16 AM
I really have been trying to refrain from all the assnine comments from everyone who claims to have all the knowledge in this accident. Most people dont stand in the middle of the road, a van dropping someone off I hope would pull over or in a drive way, us know a bus makes it clear by flashing lights...anyway I am more concern where each of you get the bold knowledge she wasn't paying attention? Who are you to judge? Seriously
caledoniadad January 14, 2013 at 04:16 AM
@Tim, Since you are so unfamiliar with the stretch of road, perhaps you are unaware of the large hill just east of the accident scene. She very well could have been unable to see the van until until along side the trailer. The van couldnt go anywhere since this is also just before a bridge. As stated earlier this is why the law is in place, to notify drivers in both directions. Maybe you could enlighten me with how a DA could prove inattentive driving when a first responder removed her cell phone from a zipped jacket pocket. It wont be hard for a jury to look at the dangerous situation created by negligence and find the truck driver guilty. The law is the law.
Tuco January 14, 2013 at 01:16 PM
Cell phones are not the only cause of inattentive driving. I said I was a little familiar, not "so unfamiliar." Since it looks like there were "many witnesses," I hope all of you made statements to the investigating officers. How do you know the pocket was zipped? One fact everyone seems to dance around is the truck and trailer were stopped and the girl hit a staionary object. Sounds like inattentive to me...just saying!
wis. MAN 4 REAL January 14, 2013 at 04:10 PM
Everyone keep blaming the owner of equipment thriller I work on the roads moving equipment quite often I come close to getting hit quite a few times and we had all the safety requirements I had flagmen get clipped by a car. The common of the driver was I didn't see him. A big tractor and trailer unloading a 60 ton machine did not give the driver a clue that something was going on in the road. I don't know this trailer was on the side road or in the road we know after the accident that this trailer was not moving. Before that it could have been a truck trailer pulling in the driveway and it would of had a little orange flashing light. or could of been the truck and trailer stop because somebody turned into driveway it would of been 2 red lights until he started moving pretty much at a standstill. at that time there are no lights. Would that change the accident a trailer completely stop with two red tail lights or just starting to move It would not have any on. If people would concentrating more on driving and slowing down when they see something in the road or coming out into the road. When something happens. If it was your fault or not. Does not change the outcome if somebody is dead paralyzed or seriously hurt. There are too many inattentive drivers on the road today.
wis. MAN 4 REAL January 14, 2013 at 04:26 PM
The comment about the school bus van dropping people off or people in the road unfortunately they do it all the time. But you forgot one car stalled or truck in or on the side of the road when the driver is on capable of move it or putting on lights.Are you saying it would be the driver of the van or car if somebody came down the road and hit them. It would be their fault because they didn't have their emergency flashing on When someone is driving a vehicle they should concentrate only on driving. You are operating the vehicle. And it is not okay to hit a vehicle or something because it didn't belong there. It is your responsibility as a driver to washout and keep your vehicle under control
mom2000 January 14, 2013 at 08:10 PM
Man 4 real...ur right she woke up that morning n said I'm going to scare my life for good today. I am not going to pay attention to the road and the first stationary item in my way I am going to smash the hell out of it!! I forgot you were in her car, thoughts, at the scene, and most of all you know everything, hatched from ur mother PERFECT! GTFOH!!
caledoniadad January 14, 2013 at 10:39 PM
@tuco, I am actually friends with the towtruck driver responding to the scene. He said the police removed it from a zipped jacket pocket. I was also surprised to learn the owner of the trailer wanted to drive it back to his shop in the condition it was in. According to my friend it had around 3' of metal hanging off the side. I think this only validates the idiotic individual we are dealing with. Willing to create a dangerous situation in the first place causing an accident, yet also willing to drive with 3' of metal hanging into oncoming traffic.
Tuco January 15, 2013 at 02:10 PM
I'm glad she wasn't on a cell phone! As I've said all along, I hope she is doing better! Yeah, unbelievable on the trailer! Maybe if he cut or tied the metal, but like you say....
16Pawz January 16, 2013 at 04:54 PM
I live at the house where the trailer was parked. They were at my house to repair the gutter. There were 2 orange cones behind the trailer. One was demolished, the other landed up the road. They did patch the trailer with osb or plywood covering the hole in the trailer before they left the scene. There were at least 3 witnesses that stayed at the scene and talked with police. One special woman who works for Marathon Restoration got out of her car and layed on the ground talking to the girl in the car. She stated the phone was in the girls jacket pocket. An accident is just that.... an accident. The fact that everyone will be okay is wonderful.
16Pawz January 16, 2013 at 04:57 PM
Brian, we do own a black enclosed trailer that has no lettering on it. It is stored at our property up north. The trailer in the accident was from a gutter place there to repair our gutter.
16Pawz January 16, 2013 at 08:31 PM
Although we do own a business, it was NOT our trailer parked along the road. Who came up with the idea of our employee talking to the business owner? The employee of the gutter company came to the door to discuss gutter repair. Yes, they were parked in front of a CUSTOMERS HOUSE.
jasonh000 February 04, 2013 at 10:54 PM
i have seen this girl at gus's gyros and she's very nice and seems like a good person. i hope she recovers. you aholes having flamewars on here need to shut it. we all make mistakes when we are young because we do not have the years of knowledge and patience that comes with old age.
jasonh000 February 04, 2013 at 10:55 PM
i have seen this girl at gus's gyros and she's very nice and seems like a good person. i hope she recovers. you aholes having flamewars on here need to shut it. we all make mistakes when we are young because we do not have the years of knowledge and patience that comes with old age.

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