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UPDATE: Police ID man killed in Lake Delton go-kart crash

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LAKE DELTON (WKOW) -- Lake Delton police have officially identified the Iowa man who died in an Independence Day go-kart crash at Alligator Alley Adventures Go-Kart Track as 45-year-old Wade W. Wiese, of Charlotte, Iowa.

There is some discrepancy about his age, with the Clinton Herald newspaper in Clinton, Iowa reports Wiese is 46 years old.

The newspaper reports Wiese and his family were visiting Lake Delton.

Police say he lost control of his go-kart shortly after 5:00 p.m. Wednesday and suffered a fatal injury to his head.

State inspectors were at Alligator Alley Adventures Thursday morning. Owner Orlando Pedroza tells 27 News the go-kart ride passed inspection earlier this year, but he could not remember the exact date.

Lake Delton police say they have no other information to release at this time but are continuing their investigation into the accident.

 

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LAKE DELTON (WKOW) -- What began as a fun family trip turned out deadly, after a man died in a go-kart accident Wednesday afternoon. 

Police say he was at Alligator Alley Adventures Go-Kart Track, when a 45-year-old man from Iowa lost control of his go-kart shortly after 5:00 p.m. Multiple emergency units responded and tried to treat the man's head injury. However, a UW Med Flight doctor pronounced him dead at the scene about 45 minutes after the crash.

"It appears that he lost control around a corner. The go-kart appears to have slid into a steel barrier along the side of the track, and at that point the go-kart went up on its side and struck a 6-by-6-inch wooden post," said Sergeant Gerald Grimsled, Jr., of the Lake Delton Police Department.

Grimsled says he does not know how fast the man was driving, and he does not suspect foul play in the accident.

"We are having a mechanic look at the cart. We don't have any indication there's a mechanical issue at this time, but we are going to look into that," Grimsled said. "There's no indication that there's anything but a tragic accident that occurred."

Grimsled says he responded to a call at the same location in 2010, when a Florida teen fell 100 feet from an amusement park ride next to the go-kart track. Teagan Marti, who was 12 years old at the time, was critically injured. WKOW contacted Alligator Alley Adventures; however, owners have not responded.

The man who died was visiting Lake Delton with family from DeWitt, Iowa, according to police.

"He was up here with his father, his brother, a sister, and some family members. They were very distraught, being at the property where there family member passed away, yes," Grimsled said.

Police say they plan on releasing the man's name on Friday or Monday because of the July 4th holiday. The go-kart track was closed on Independence Day and will remain closed until the police complete their investigation.

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LAKE DELTON (WKOW) -- A man died Wednesday night in Lake Delton, after crashing a go-kart at Alligator Alley Adventures Go-Kart Track.

Police say he lost control and hit a wood post alongside the track, causing a severe head injury and other trauma.  It happened around 5:15.

Witnesses say there were no other go-karts around him at the time.  Lake Delton police and first responders rushed to the scene to help and UW Med-Flight was called, but the man died at the scene about 45 minutes after the crash.

The man's name has not been released yet.  Police say he was visiting Lake Delton with family from the De Witt, Iowa area. 

This accident is under investigation by the Lake Delton Police Department.

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