Appleton Police investigate fatal crash

Appleton Police investigate fatal crash
Posted at 5:26 AM, Aug 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-30 16:14:36-04


UPDATE: Appleton Police have released a new statement about the crash: 

The Appleton Police Department is being assisted by the Wisconsin State Patrol as it investigates a single vehicle fatality occurring near the city’s downtown.

On August 30, 2018, at 2:17 AM, officers from the Appleton Police Department responded with the Appleton Fire Department on the 911 report of a single vehicle crash on S. Memorial Drive immediately to the south of W. College Avenue.

Officers found a single vehicle, with significant damage, at the scene. The driver, who was trapped within the vehicle, died at the scene. Due to structural damage to a railroad grade crossing signal tower, the vehicle could not be immediately removed from the scene. Traffic at the intersection remained closed in all directions until 10:40 AM.

Initial investigation shows the involved vehicle to be traveling northbound on South Memorial Drive at a very high rate-of-speed. The driver, a 37 year-old Hortonville resident, struck a median and light pole before striking the railroad grade signal tower. Use of alcohol has not been determined.

Investigators are asking anyone who may have seen the crash, or events leading up to the crash, to call the Appleton Police Department’s non-emergency number  (920) 832-5500 with the information.

For additional information, please contact Sgt. Dave Lund at (920) 832-5509.






The Appleton Police and Wisconsin State Patrol are investigating a serious one-vehicle crash.

The intersection of Memorial Drive/Richmond Street and W. College Avenue is closed until further notice.

The Appleton Police Department advises drivers to look for an alternative travel route during this morning's commute.


This is a developing story and will be updated when more info becomes available.