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Incident Type: Motor Vehicle Fatality
Incident Date: December 6, 2012
Incident Location: N Superior Ave and Flint Ave.
Subject Involved: Harley Leach, m/w, 31 yoa
Date: December 10, 2012

Incident Brief
On December 6, 2012 at approximately 4:05 p.m.  the Tomah Police Department responded to a traffic crash that occurred on N Superior Ave near Flint Ave in the City of Tomah.

Upon arrival and subsequent investigation of the crash it was determined that the driver and lone occupant of the vehicle was Harley Leach.  Leach provided information to the officers that he had been operating his vehicle southbound on Superior Ave when his eye glasses fell off.  Leach’s vehicle traveled into the median between the north and southbound lanes, back across the southbound lanes, into the west side ditch, and over the railroad tracks.  The vehicle stopped when it struck a tree on the south side of the railroad tracks.

Leach did not have any visible injuries that appeared to be life threatening but complained of chest pain caused during the crash.  Leach was medically transported to the Tomah Memorial Hospital via the Tomah Area Ambulance Service.

The vehicle sustained severe damage to the front and undercarriage areas of the vehicle.

The investigation determined that the cause of the crash was Leach’s failure to have his vehicle under control.

On December 7, 2012 at approximately 7:00 a.m. the Tomah Police Department responded to a call of an unresponsive subject in an apartment within the City of Tomah.

Upon arrival a subject, identified as Harley Leach, was located deceased.  A cause of death was not immediately known.

A subsequent autopsy ordered by the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s office has determined that Leach died as the result of internal injuries sustained in the vehicle crash.

Lt. Mark Nicholson
Operations Lieutenant
Tomah Police Department

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