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Pickup driver killed in La Crosse County crash

Brad Williams

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La Crosse County has now matched its highway death toll from last year, following a pickup truck crash near Holmen on Saturday. 

A pickup driven by a Trempealeau woman, 36-year-old Rhianna Arentz, hit a tree after going off County Highway T and rolling over. 

Arentz was killed in the crash, while a passenger in the truck, Brian Wiste of Trempealeau, had non-life threatening injuries. 

The accident occurred shortly before 5 a.m. on Saturday. 

The county has had five traffic deaths so far in 2020, the same as the total for last year. 

In the past 5 years, La Crosse County has averaged seven highway deaths a year.

 

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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