Boyceville man struck, injured on Highway 79

TOWN OF SHERMAN —  A local good samaritan was struck by a passing car and injured while he was trying to assist another vehicle that had went into the ditch along State Highway 79 in Sherman Township during a snow fall Saturday evening, January 3.

 Peter Bakke, 51 of Boyceville, had apparently stopped his vehicle in the roadway to assist the occupants of vehicle that had went into the ditch when he was struck by a third vehicle that was passing by.

The incident occurred at 11:53 pm on State Highway 79 just south of 750th Avenue (about 2 miles north of US Highway 12) in the Town of Sherman in Dunn County.

A press release from the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office stated that the Dunn County 9-1-1 center had received a call that a motor vehicle had struck a pedestrian on State Highway 79 near 750th Ave. It was reported that the pedestrian was unresponsive at the time of the call.

Dunn County Sheriff’s deputies along with Menomonie Fire and Rescue responded to the scene.

According to the report, when deputies arrived on the scene they discovered a 2013 Chevrolet Impala parked in the northbound lane of Highway 79, facing north, a 1997 Dodge Dakota in the west  ditch and a 2013 Toyota Rav 4 in the southbound lane, approximatley 200 feet south the Impala.

Deputies located the pedestrian, later identified as Bakke, in the west ditch. Bakke was conscious and alert when law enforcement and EMS personnel reached him.

Based on the preliminary investigation by the Sheriff’s Office, it appears that the Chevrolet Impala, operated by Bakke, had stopped in the roadway to see if he could assist the occupants of the Dodge Dakota.  Bakke was standing outside of his vehicle with the door open in the southbound lane of travel when he was struck by the Toyota Rav 4 that was traveling south bound.

The Toyota was being driven by 47-year-old, Mor Lee, of  Menomonie at the time of the incident.

Bakke was transported by Menomonie Ambulance to Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire with unspecified injuries. His condition was not known at press time Tuesday, January 6.

The road was snow covered and slippery at the time of the crash and those, along with blowing and drifting snow, appeared to be the main contributing factors in the accident according to the release.

Captian Kevin Bygd of the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that neither Lee (the lone occupant of the Rav 4) nor the occupants of the Dakota, Robert Pautz and Gilberto Castillo, were injured in the incident.

Bygd also reported that Lee did voluntarily consent to a blood draw due to the severity of the accident but that alcohol use is not suspected to be involved in the accident.

The accident remains under investigation and no citations relating to the accident have been issued, said Bygd.