Monroe woman killed in town of Avon crash

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Shelly Birkelo
Wednesday, October 9, 2013

TOWN OF AVON—A crash that killed a Monroe woman Monday night remains under investigation by the Rock County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators believe Nicole E. Schultz, 27, Monroe, died upon impact in a crash Monday night, Rock County Coroner Jenifer Keach said.

Schultz’s body was found Tuesday afternoon inside a 1995 Dodge Ram pickup in a tree line near a cornfield. The sheriff’s office received a report at 2:49 p.m. Tuesday of vehicle in a tree line near the 17000 block of Highway 81 in the town of Avon, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

The investigation shows that before the crash the pickup was traveling east on Highway 81 at high speed. It appears the driver lost control and over corrected, causing the truck to leave the road, slide sideways through the grass, hit a raised driveway and then fly about 144 feet into a tree, according to the news release.

“Due to the violent impact of the crash and nature of her injuries, my investigator believes that she did die immediately,” Keach said.

Schultz was not wearing a seat belt and had to be extricated by Brodhead firefighters. Keach said the impact “pretty much tore the truck in half.”

Schultz was last seen at about 10:45 p.m. Monday on her way to Beloit.

Residents in the area of the crash reported hearing a loud noise at about 11:30 p.m. Monday but couldn’t see anything because of darkness and because the truck came to rest well off the road, according to the release.

Keach said a Wednesday afternoon autopsy was planned.

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