Fond du Lac, WI Head-On Collision, Aug 1958



(By The Associated Press)
Five members of a Chicago family returning from a vacation and a Wisconsin man were killed Saturday in a splintering head-on crash on high-speed Highway 41 near Fond du Lac.
The deaths raised Wisconsin's 1958 highway toll to 425, compared with 460 on the same date a year ago.
The victims were:
GEORGE R. RICE, 47, Chicago, a foreman for the International Harvester Co.;
his wife, HELEN, 42;
their daughter, JUDY, 10;
a son, KENNETH, 18;
and a nephew, RONALD RICE, 16, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Rice of Chicago;
and RICHARD J. KRASAVAGE, 29, of Tigerton, Wis., the driver of the other car who was alone in his vehicle.

All died in the wreckage, except JUDY who died in a Fond du Lac hospital later.
The only surviving member of the RICE family is another son, George, 24, unmarried, who was in Chicago at the time. He said his family was returning from a vacation in Upper Michigan. The RICES' dog was found nearby, unharmed.

Fond du Lac County sheriff's officers said the cars smashed together when the northbound KRASAVAGE car turned into the southbound lane in front of the RICE auto. Officers quoted a witness as saying KRASAVAGE apparently pulled out to pass. The autos met on a straight stretch of the two lane highway, and after the impact bounded 50 feet apart, remaining upright.
"Everybody was pinned in," according to Traffic Officer Arthur Ambroso. "We had to use crowbars to get them out."
Both cars were in a string of traffic, and Ambroso said, "I don't know how they (other drivers) did it, managing to avoid hitting each other. There were skid marks all over the place." The accident occurred at 12:22 p.m.

The La Crosse Tribune Wisconsin 1958-08-03