Deadly week on SE Wisconsin highways
KENOSHA - It has been a deadly week on southeast Wisconsin highways. Since Wednesday, five people have lost their lives. Thousands travel safely along freeways everyday, But in a split second, that can all change.
That split second for a Sun Prairie couple came around 10:45 Thursday night as they headed southbound in a construction zone on I-94 near Highway 143 in Kenosha County.
"Last night during the construction, they reduced those two lanes down to one lane and that created a bottleneck," said Sgt. Bill Beth with the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department.
Thirty-three-year-old Shari Dorresteijn was killed. Her 34 year old husband Bran, critically hurt and flighted to Froedtert.
A picture on Shari's Facebook shows the family's happier times. She leaves behind a two year old son and a two month old daughter.
"There were minimal skid marks so it's just an indication of the obvious. The driver didn't seem to realize that he needed to stop until it was too late," said Sgt. Beth.
It was also too late for a Richfield couple in their 30s in Washington County. Their vehicle crossed the center line on Highway 164 and went airborne. Both were killed. And in a Waukesha County crash, the vehicle also crossed the center line, hitting a car head-on, killing 23 year olds Alixandra Wagner of Waukesha and Alex Hernandez Banuelos of Milwaukee. A 65 year old North Prairie woman in the other vehicle survived that accident on Sunset Drive in the Town of Genesee. The busy week has taken a toll on first responders.
"It's very emotional. We learn to kind of disconnect, get the work done while we're there, but it does obviously affect first responders when working on something like this," said Sgt. Beth.
Sgt. Beth said their hearts go out to the families of those killed.