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Motorcyclist killed in Jackson County crash identified


Black River Falls (Press Release) - The Jackson County Sheriff's Office has released the names of the parties involved in the fatal motorcycle crash that occurred late last week in Adams Township according to Sheriff Duane Waldera.

As reported, authorities from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office responded to a reported crash on Wednesday, October 10th on USH-12 at Allen Creek Road. Upon arrival, deputies found that a motorcycle had collided with a motor vehicle at this location. The driver of the motorcycle subsequently died of injuries sustained in the crash. No other injuries were reported.

The driver of the motorcycle has been identified as 26 year old Jess Rauk of Neillsville, Wisconsin. Rauk was later pronounced dead at the Black River Falls Memorial Hospital.

The driver of the vehicle involved has been identified as 25 year old Randi Rupnow of Taylor, Wisconsin. As reported no other injuries were sustained in this crash.

The preliminary investigation conducted by authorities has found that Rauk was operating his motorcycle under an instructional permit. Witness's interviewed by authorities reported that Rauk was traveling well above the posted speed limit prior to the crash. It is believed that Rupnow was making a turn into a private driveway, which had her vehicle cross the lane Rauk was traveling in when the collision occurred.

This matter still remains under investigation by the Jackson County Sheriff's and Wisconsin State Patrol. 


Black River Falls (Press Release) -Jackson County Sheriff's authorities are reporting a motor vehicle crash that left one motorcyclist fatally injured earlier this Wednesday.

Sheriff Duane Waldera reports that deputies from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office were called to the scene of a two vehicle crash located at the intersection of USH-12 and Allen Creek Road in Adams Township at about 10:07 AM.

Upon arrival deputies found that a motorcyclist traveling (SB) on USH 12 had collided with a passenger vehicle that was traveling (NB). Preliminary information indicated that the operator of the motorcycle was driving (SB) when the (NB) vehicle was attempting to turn into a private driveway. Upon impact the operator of the motorcycle was sent airborne and landed some distance from the scene of impact.

Occupants in the passenger vehicle were not injured.

The name of the motorcycle operator is not being released pending notification of family.


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