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Fort Atkinson couple killed in La Prairie Township crash Saturday

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ANN MARIE AMES
September 21, 2008
— A Fort Atkinson couple were killed Saturday afternoon when their motorcycle struck a hay wagon on Avalon Road between Milton-Shopiere and Van Allen roads.

Richard E. Hoffman, 51, and his wife, Paula C. Hoffman, 42, were thrown from the motorcycle near 6121 E. Avalon Road and died from massive head and internal injuries, according to a report from the Rock County Sheriff’s Office.


Neither was wearing a helmet. Speed and alcohol are considered factors in the crash, and both Hoffmans were in possession of cocaine, according to the news release.


The Hoffmans were in a group of six motorcycles driving west on Avalon Road from the Broken Spoke Bar on Highway 14 at the Rock-Walworth county line. They were at the front of the group and might have just passed another motorcycle when they crested a hill at 4:08 p.m., according to the news release.


At the same time, Derek J. Taylor, 26, Janesville, was driving east in a pickup truck pulling an empty hay wagon. Taylor was turning north into a driveway at a new home construction site, according to the release.


Richard Hoffman was unable to avoid crashing into the right rear corner of the wagon, according to the release. Hoffman had been driving above the legal speed limit, according to witnesses.


The couple were thrown from their motorcycle and onto the pavement. Paula Hoffman landed in the path of an eastbound sport utility vehicle driven by Tanya S. Metz, 33, Plover.


Richard Hoffman landed in the middle of the roadway. The motorcycle landed off the pavement in the south ditch.


According to witnesses, a sixth, unidentified motorcycle left the scene before deputies arrived. It is not know if that motorcycle played a role in the accident.


Technical investigators from the Wisconsin State Patrol responded to the scene to reconstruct the accident.


No charges are expected.



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