Emerald man in critical condition after his motorcycle strikes deer
EMERALD – Scott Voeltz, 44, of Emerald suffered serious and life-threatening injuries Sunday evening July 28 when he struck a deer while riding his motorcycle.
Voeltz was traveling north on County Road D about a half mile south of 160th Avenue around 8:30 p.m. Sunday when the motorcycle he was driving collided with a deer, causing Voeltz to crash the bike and to be thrown onto the roadway. He was not wearing a helmet and sustained several injuries, according to Captain Jeff Klatt of the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office, including significant head trauma.
The Glenwood City EMS and Fire Departments responded to the accident scene.
Glenwood City Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) along with Baldwin Paramedics treated Voeltz at the scene of the accident before he was transferred to personnel from Lifelink Helicopter and air lifted to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, MN.
As of press time Tuesday noon (July 30), Voeltz remained in critical but stable condition at Regions.
A journal entry by family members on CaringBridge.org said that Voeltz underwent surgery shortly after arriving at Regions Sunday night. It stated that Scott is in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) after suffering severe head trauma and will be heavily sedated for a few days. In addition to the head injuries, the entry also noted that Voeltz had a lot of road rash on his face, head, and back and had suffered a collapsed right lung and some broken ribs.
Only immediate family members are allowed to visit Scott, according to the post on Caring Bridge.
The accident was investigated by the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department.