Sheriff John B. Spears reports that on September 6, 2013 at approximately 2:15 pm, Steven M. Blaha,19, of Hillsboro, WI was operating a pickup truck south of Hillsboro on State Highway 80 transporting two passengers. Alannah J. Lancaster, age 17, of Mauston was in the middle and Brandon J. Wangen, age 24, of Hillsboro was in the passenger seat. Wangen was hanging out of the passenger window when Lancaster jerked the steering wheel of Blaha’s pickup truck. Wangen was ejected out of the passenger window landing on State Highway 80. A prior service Military Combat Medic, a fire fighter and other was passing motorists stopped to render medical aid to Wangen.
Wangen was transported to Gundersen St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hillsboro for head, hand and arm injuries. Wangen was not wearing a seat belt when he was ejected from the vehicle. Both Blaha and Lancaster were wearing seat belts at the time of the incident.
Alcohol was a factor and charges are pending for Lancaster, Blaha and Wangen with the Vernon County District Attorney’s Office. All three are schedule to appear in Vernon County Circuit Court on October 7, 2013.
Assisting the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office was the Hillsboro Emergency Medical Service. The incident remains under investigation by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office.
Category: Local News