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Sheriff's Office car involved in crash that injures three people

Posted: 1:25 PM, Oct 16, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-16 18:52:39-04

A detective with the Fond du Lac Sheriff's Office is being cited for a crash that injured himself and two other people on Monday. 

Authorities say three people were injured in a crash on US 45 NB at North of Silver Street in Fond du Lac just before noon on Monday. Two of those people involved in the crash  are listed as detectives with the Fond du Lac Sheriff's Office. 

A news release from Wis DOT and the Wisconsin State Patrol says a Ford Taurus operated by the Fond du Lac County Sheriff's Office was northbound on STH 45, north of Silver Street, traveling behind a dump truck. A Jeep Wrangler was southbound on STH 45 approaching the two northbound vehicles.

The dump truck made a left turn into a driveway of a business on STH 45. The Ford Taurus was preparing to turn left into a separate driveway to the business.

Directly after the dump truck completed the turn, the Jeep Wrangler passed southbound. The Ford Taurus began to make the left turn and turned into the path of the Jeep Wrangler. The Jeep Wrangler then struck the Ford Taurus on the front, right side.

Both vehicles came to rest at that location.

The driver of the Jeep and the passenger in the Ford were transported to St. Agnes hospital by ambulance. Both parties were treated and released. The driver of the Ford was transported by Flight for Life to ThedaCare Regional Medical Center for serious injuries. He was released from the hospital on Tuesday.

The driver of the Jeep was identified as Jeffery A. Kirsch from Fond du Lac. The driver of the Ford was identified as Panagiotis P. Vergos from Fond du Lac. The passenger of the Ford was identified as Ryan P. Murphy also from Fond du Lac.

The Fond du Lac County Sheriff's Office's website lists Vergos and Murphy as detectives with the Sheriff's Department. 

Authorities say upon further investigation of the crash, it was determined that the Ford Taurus failed to yield the right-of-way while making a left hand turn. The driver of the Ford Taurus will be cited for the action.