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Two Viroqua residents dead when SUV crashed into tree, after “medical event”



Two Viroqua, Wis., residents are dead, after their SUV crashed into a tree Friday in Vernon County.

The sheriff’s office identified the driver as 77-year-old Gerald Bina and 75-year-old Fern Rose Bina.

Sheriff Roy Torgerson said Gerald Bina, apparently suffered a sudden “medical event,” while driving on County Road NN.

The SUV left the road, traveled across a hay field, and collided head-on into the tree. Both were pronounced dead at the scene by the Vernon County coroner and deputy coroner.

As of Sept. 3, only one other person had been killed on Vernon County roads in 2023.

The statewide total a week ago was 368. There were 595 traffic deaths in Wisconsin for all of last 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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