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One dead following Dunn County crash

KNAPP – A single vehicle accident Sunday morning near Knapp has claimed the life of a Wilson man.

Joel Lee Ghinter, 44, died when the 1993 Ford pickup truck he was driving left a Dunn County road and hit several trees.

The Wisconsin State Patrol responded to the single-vehicle crash shortly after 8 a.m. December 13 on 90th Street, less than a half mile south of County Road Q in the township of Lucas.

According to a news release from the State Patrol, Ghinter failed to negotiate a curve on 90th Street, left the roadway and struck several trees. Ghinter was the lone occupant of the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Dunn County Medical Examiner.

It was determined that the crash had occurred earlier that morning but had not been noticed by passersby until 8 a.m.

The Dunn County Sheriff’s Office and the Menomonie Fire Department assisted at the scene of the accident which is still being investigated.

The release stated that Ghinter had been wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident and that alcohol may have been a factor in the cause of the crash.