On Saturday afternoon, a wrong-way motorist was responsible for the death of a woman in her 19th year who was struck by their vehicle. The Chenequa Village Police Department was dispatched to the scene of a car accident that occurred on State Highway 16 eastbound just west of State Highway 83. According to statements made to the police by witnesses, one of the vehicles involved entered the eastbound lanes of State Highway 16 traveling in the incorrect direction. The two vehicles then crashed head-on in the traffic lanes heading in the direction of the eastbound lane.
A woman from Sullivan who is 47 years old and was the only passenger in the automobile that was going the wrong way was driving it. She was taken by EMS to Aurora Summit Medical Center, where she is presently listed in serious condition despite having improved slightly since arrival.
Extrication was necessary in order to extricate 19-year-old Brooklyn Gridley from the automobile. She is from the town of Dousman. After that, Gridley was airlifted to Aurora Summit Medical Center by a helicopter provided by Flight for Life, but she did not survive her injuries sustained in the collision and passed away there.
Both the Village of Chenequa Police Department and the Waukesha County Medical Examiner’s Office are presently looking into this situation as part of their ongoing investigations. At this point, no official charges have been brought against the defendant. In order to aid in the investigation and reconstruction of the crash, the Wisconsin State Patrol was asked for help.
The Police Department of the Village of Chenequa would like to give recognition to the numerous law enforcement agencies that assisted in the investigation of the incident. These agencies include the police departments of Delafield, Hartland, and the Town of Oconomowoc, as well as the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Office and the Wisconsin State Patrol.
“We would want to express our gratitude to the departments that assisted us in both the medical and firefighting aspects of this incident. These departments include Lake County Fire and Rescue, the Hartland Fire Department, and Flight for Life Emergency Transport System. According to the police, “We are also appreciative for the countless civilians who stopped to offer assistance or offered their witness statements of the incident.”