Woman severely injured after 71-year-old man's car hits building in downtown Sheboygan

CREATED Jan 21, 2013

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On Jan. 21, just before 9:30 a.m.., the Sheboygan Police Dept. received numerous 911 calls reporting that a car had struck a building near south 8th St. & Pennsylvania Ave.

When police arrived, they found that a vehicle driven by a 71-year-old Sheboygan man was driving north on S. 8th St. when he hit a parked car on South 8th St. causing this vehicle to be pushed forward and strike the vehicle in front of it.

"The vehicle continued northbound at a high rate of speed according to a witness, who believed the vehicle may have been traveling near 80 mph," said the Sheboygan Police Department. "The vehicle then climbed the northeast curbing at N.8th St. & Pennsylvania Ave. and struck a light pole and a large concrete planter causing the planter to be pushed into the middle of N. 8th St."

According to Sheboygan Police, the impact with the planter caused the man's vehicle to hit the building at 501 N. 8th St. The building sustained moderate damage.

A 58-year-old Sheboygan woman had to be extricated from the man's vehicle. Both people in the car were taken to the hospital. According to police, the driver received only minor injuries and was released from the hospital. The female passenger sustained facial and internal injuries and was transported via Flight for Life helicopter to Froedtert Hospital.

Police believe a medical problem with the driver was responsible for him losing control of his vehicle.