New information shows what investigators now believe led to fatal crash in Walworth County
WALWORTH COUNTY — The Walworth County Sheriff’s Office released new information about what led to a crash that killed four people in Sharon Township just before noon on Saturday, May 28th.
At this point, officials with the Sheriff’s Office Crash Investigation Unit say it now appears an SUV driven by an Illinois woman failed to stop at the stop sign on Townhall Road as it was eastbound. The pickup involved in the wreck was southbound on Hwy K and collided with the SUV. The SUV rolled off into a field on the southeast corner of that intersection. The pickup truck was immediately struck on the passenger side by the semi, which was unable to avoid the crash, and pushed north on Hwy K.
This new information is different than originally reported due to conflicting witness statements, evidence and data collected at the scene.
The pickup truck was occupied by four persons. The driver was identified as 26-year-old Carlos Venegas of Delavan. He was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger, who is his six-year-old daughter, was Flown by Flight for life to an area trauma center where she still remains. The remaining two passengers have been positively identified by the Walworth County Medical Examiner’s office. They are 28-year-old Maria Venegas, the wife of Carlos Venegas — and their son two-year-old Carlos Venegas Jr. Both Maria Venegas and Carlos Venegas Jr. were pronounced dead at the scene.
Officials say the SUV was occupied by two persons. The driver was identified as 67-year-old Carol Terry of Rockford, Illinois. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Her 68-year-old husband was a passenger. He remains in critical condition.
Officials say the semi was occupied by two persons. Both suffered injuries.
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