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Car-Bike Accident


At 10:09 am on Saturday June 22, 2013 the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office responded to a car vs. bicycle accident at the intersection of CTH WH and Lakeview Rd in the township of Taycheedah. The accident occurred when the driver of the vehicle, a 20 year old Fond du Lac man, was traveling eastbound on CTH WH and was attempting to turn left onto Lakeview Rd when he collided with the bicyclist who was westbound on CTH WH.  The bicyclist, a 47 year old Fond du Lac man, received serious injuries from the crash and was transported by Theda Star helicopter to Theda Clark Hospital in Neenah.  Also assisting at the scene was the Mt. Calvary Fire Department and Ambulance and the Town of Calumet First Responders.  The Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the accident at this time.


Upate: The 20-year-old driver was Adam Blackman and the injured bicyclist was 47-year-old Steven Kuphal both of Fond du Lac.

Comments 11
Anonymous commented on 22-Jun-2013 02:41 PM3 out of 5 stars
I live on WH. I just don't understand the change that has occured over the years with the seemingly aggessive or reckless manner in which alot of bicylist are riding.They are putting way too much faith in the drivers of these vehicles. No one knows how many close calls there's been. Nobody asked me but.. there should be a bicycle only path on well traveled roads. We've had enough accidents out here ( 2 fatal ).
Anonymous commented on 22-Jun-2013 03:34 PM3 out of 5 stars
Why do bikes travel against the traffic not with the traffic especially in town the kids are all over the road. When I was a kid and did that a cop stoped me and I never did it again.
Anonymous commented on 22-Jun-2013 05:18 PM3 out of 5 stars
I live in on Wh as well and there are a lot of careless drivers on this stretch of road. Either driving too fast or just not paying attention. I can't tell you how many times I have almost been rear ended trying to turn in my driveway.
Anonymous commented on 22-Jun-2013 05:42 PM3 out of 5 stars
Too many bikers ride too far to the left of the white line...USE THE PAVED PATH...move over to the right of the white line or use the path...careless drivers or not, the car will always win.
Anonymous commented on 22-Jun-2013 09:44 PM3 out of 5 stars
I have to make that same turn on to Lakeview Road every day. I actually told my husband....just this week...that there is going to be an accident on this curve because there are so many trees planted along the curve that you can not see whether or not traffic is clear when you attempt to make the turn on to Lakeview Road. They need to remove some of those trees to make that turn safer.
Ken Bengel (64) commented on 23-Jun-2013 07:52 AM3 out of 5 stars
I am one of those cyclists who rides HWY WH every week and I know how dangerous it can be. It is the responsibility of cyclists to ride with the traffic and obey all traffic rules the same as motorists. Everyone has to be alert and careful while driving or cycling on highways. Safety needs to be on the minds of every cyclist and motorist at all times. Be careful out there. Cycling is lots of fun.
Anonymous commented on 23-Jun-2013 10:38 AM3 out of 5 stars
I live on WH and I can honestly say I HATE riding or walking along this road. The white lines and "invisible islands (as the DOT) calls them are constantly directing vehicles into the shoulder of the road. I was under the impression when this road was redone that there would be a shoulder that was safe for bicyclists and pedestrians and there is none. Sidewalks should have been installed. I'm surprised there haven't been more incidents on this stretch.
Anonymous commented on 24-Jun-2013 10:58 AM3 out of 5 stars
I live and travel on this road everyday- where this accident occured there is a bike trail so my guess is the biker was crossing the road when the incident occured. But what gets me is there is a bike/walking trail following the stretch of road from 151 to Fairfield Dr. in St. Peter and the amount of bikers that refuse the use this trail. Why do people prefer not to use this trail and be on the road with traffic on a windy road? A lot of money was spent on that trail but the amount of people NOT using it and using the road instead confuses me? After the trail ends you're out in the country- people need to be aware of eachother and be careful.
Anonymous commented on 24-Jun-2013 02:11 PM3 out of 5 stars
as for riding on the road vs the path...the path crosses driveways with a lot of loose gravel, equally unsafe. Not saying either is right or wrong, just an observation as a walker/runner who does use the path.
Anonymous commented on 26-Jun-2013 07:11 AM3 out of 5 stars
I live right near the accident. I have a difficult time pulling out of my driveway a few times per week. Vehicles are traveling way too fast .the speeds need to change.that curve is blind and speeds are too high for a residential area.
Anonymous commented on 01-Jul-2013 08:01 PM3 out of 5 stars
Serious bike riders consider this their sport and routinely ride in excess of 50 miles per ride to train for races that take place across the state and country, like Race the Lake, and the Dairyland Tour, to name a few that Fond du Lac actually hosts. There aren't enough sidewalks to accommodate the sheer distance required to adequately train, nor are sidewalks made for cycling. If a particular patch of road is inherently dangerous, then common sense dictates that those areas are driven with extra caution, not wreckless abandon. Bikers have a disadvantage in communities such as ours in that they have just as much right to be on the road as cars, but are not taken seriously by those outside of the biking community. The level of acceptance and awareness of the area's sport cycling community could use some strengthening.

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