One dead, three injured in Sunday morning crash
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JANESVILLE A 19-year-old Janesville man died early Sunday morning in a two-vehicle accident. Another Janesville man faces charges in the death, including homicide by intoxicated driving.
Three others were injured in the accident, which occurred at 2:49 a.m. at the intersection of Center Avenue and Racine Street, according to a Janesville police news release.
The Rock County Coroner’s Office identified the deceased as Jeffery S. Bauer of 1613 W. Racine St.
Bauer was a Craig High School student. School is closed today for Easter break. Officials plan to offer support and counseling to students Tuesday, said district spokeswoman Sheryl Miller.
Bauer was a passenger in a southbound van that was turning east onto Racine Street when a northbound Chevrolet Malibu broadsided it, police said. Witnesses told police the Malibu was traveling at a high speed.
Bauer was thrown from the van and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the van, a 61-year-old Janesville woman, was pinned in the vehicle. She was taken to Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center with life-threatening injuries, according to police. A Janesville Fire Department news release identified her as Margaret Worden. She was listed in critical condition on Sunday afternoon.
A passenger in the Malibu, a 22-year-old Janesville man, was transported to University Hospital in Madison with life-threatening injuries. He was identified as Gilberto Vargas-Cano. The hospital could not find a listing for him Sunday.
The Malibu’s driver, Omar Tavizon-Ramos, 21, of 2147 Mount Zion Ave., Janesville, also was transported to University Hospital, with non-life threatening injuries. He was listed in serious condition at the hospital.
Tavizon-Ramos also was arrested on charges of causing great bodily harm by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle; knowingly driving while suspended, causing death; knowingly operating while suspended, causing great bodily harm; and first-offense intoxicated driving.