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Police seek witnesses to Thanksgiving day crash

Mike Heine/The Week

(Published Nov. 27, 2007, 4:38 p.m.)

Elkhorn police are looking for witnesses to a Thanksgiving night accident in the 400 block of Patricia Street.

A flatbed tow truck was at a home attempting to repossess a truck parked in a driveway at about 11 p.m. The front of the tow truck, owned by Jim Olson Collision Center in Woodstock, Ill., was partially in the road, Chief Joel Christensen said.

A Ford Taurus driven by Jessica A. Hamby, 21, Elkhorn, slammed into the side of the truck, Christensen said. She and her passenger, Paul E. Anderson, 29, Elkhorn, were injured.

There are disputes over whether the tow truck was properly lighted while putting the repossessed vehicle on the flatbed, Christensen said.

Flashing yellow lights must be on when a vehicle is being towed but not necessarily when a tow truck is preparing a vehicle to tow, Christensen said. Having them on is good practice, he said.

“It’s something we need to look into,” Christensen said.

Police still are investigating what, if any, charges will come out of the crash.

James J. Olson, 42, Woodstock, parked the tow truck. He was not in the truck’s cab at the time of the crash, Christensen said.

Police also believe Hamby might have consumed alcohol. Officers could smell alcohol at the scene, Christensen said. Blood alcohol level test results were not available.

The sheriff’s department and Wisconsin State Patrol are assisting with the accident investigation.

Anyone with information can call the Elkhorn Police Department at (262) 723-2210.

 

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