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WALWORTH COUNTY (WITI) – Walworth County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of motorcycle vs semi-tractor trailer crash at the intersection of County Hwy K and Townhall Rd, in the Town of Sharon on Sunday morning, May 17th.

Officials say 33-year-old Erik Belanger of Madison, the sole occupant of the motorcycle, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Walworth County Medical Examiner’s Office.  The driver of the semi, a 61-year-old man from Beloit, was not injured.

Initial investigation indicates Belanger was traveling at a high rate of speed westbound on Townhall Road when he failed to stop at the posted stop sign.  The semi was southbound on Hwy K and did not have a stop sign.  The motorcycle crashed into the side of the semi-tractor.

The Wisconsin State Patrol was called in to complete a post-crash commercial motor vehicle inspection. The Walworth County Sheriff’s Crash Investigation Unit was called to the scene to investigate.

Supporting agencies who responded to this scene include Sharon Fire and Rescue, The Wisconsin State Patrol, The Walworth County Medical Examiner’s Office, The Walworth County Department of Public Works, and the Town of Sharon Public Works.  The Village of Walworth Police Department also assisted with traffic control.  This investigation is ongoing.

3 comments

    • John

      How do you know he was driving like an idiot? This was on a county road and he could have been unfamiliar with the roads. The stop sign could have been not been in clear view. This was on a Sunday morning as well. As a motorcyclist, this pains me to hear. Everyone makes mistakes, and we get lucky more often than not in dealing with the consequences. Imagine the pain this man’s family went through, and then reading your comment. We could all think twice before writing something hateful or assuming something.

  • exlonghauler

    My sympathy to the bikers family and friends, but the semi driver also has to live with the “if only” guilt thing as well as go in for a drug and tox screen and surrender his license and job till the investigation is through. Federal law puts him on hold till the state gets done and god only knows how long that can take.

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