(Beaver Dam) The Dodge County Sheriff’s will not be releasing the names of those killed in separate crashes on Highway 33 last week. The reason is due to amendments to the state’s constitution to include the provisions known as Marcy’s Law. The amendment strengthens the rights of victims, including their rights to dignity and respect for privacy.
Sheriff Dale Schmidt says his office respects these rights and will not release the identities of victims unless they have received consent to do so or are compelled to by state statute or constitution. Schmidt says traffic investigations can be complex in nature and may take months to complete, which can make determining if they are criminal in nature difficult. He says his office will side with protecting victim’s rights until it is clear an incident is not a criminal matter. The sheriff adds that this will be handled on a case by case basis as the circumstances of every incident are unique.
One of the crashes occurred last Tuesday, June 15th, in the Town of Trenton where two people were killed, including an infant. A southbound car on Highway 33 stopped to turn left onto Breezy Point Road. A second southbound car also stopped but was rear-ended by a transit van pushing it into the first car. The two people killed were in the middle car, a 68-year-old and a six-month-old. A 36-year-old in the middle car was flown to Madison. The driver of the transit van, identified as 26-year-old Justin Bobholz, sustained minor injuries.
The other crash occurred last Wednesday, June 16th, when two-vehicles collided head-on outside of Horicon. A Lake Mills woman was traveling west on Highway 33 in the Town of Oak Grove when an eastbound Ford truck crossed the centerline. The 50-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene while a 12-year-old passenger in her vehicle was flown with life-threatening injuries. The 47-year-old Horicon man driving the truck, identified as Daniel Bryfcznski, was also flown with serious injuries.