Knapp man becomes St. Croix County’s second traffic fatality of 2017

By Cara L. Dempski

TOWN OF CADY — A two-vehicle crash in the St. Croix County Town of Cady near Spring Valley March 15 has resulted in the county’s second traffic fatality this year.

57 year-old Timothy Mittlestadt of Knapp was killed in the crash when he failed to stop at a stop sign and was struck a commercial truck.

The St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office was called to the scene of a two-vehicle accident on County Highway N at 310th Street shortly after 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15. 

The initial investigation, and evidence at the scene, indicates a 2001 Chevrolet Express Van driven by Timothy H. Mittlestadt was northbound on 310th Street and failed to stop at a stop sign for Highway N. Mittlestadt’s vehicle was struck by a 2011 Ford E450 SuperDuty van driven by Richard C. Fisher, age 52 of North Hudson, as it was eastbound on County Highway N. Evidence at the scene indicates the van driven by Mittlestadt then struck a telephone box and a utility pole before coming to a stop in a field at the northeast corner of the intersection.

Fischer’s vehicle came to rest in the ditch on the north side of County Highway N.

Mittlestadt was not wearing a seatbelt, and required extraction from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Croix County Medical Examiner. Fisher, who was wearing a seatbelt, was transported to River Falls Hospital by Spring Valley EMS with non-life threatening injuries.

The Wisconsin State Patrol, Spring Valley Fire and EMS, United Fire and Rescue, Baldwin EMS, and the St. Croix County Medical Examiner assisted St. Croix County deputies at the scene. The crash remains under investigation by the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office and the Medical Examiner’s office. 

SCC Fatal Crash Photo

THE DRIVER of this 2011 Ford E450 Super Duty, Richard C. Fisher, 52 of North Hudson, was injured in a two-vehicle crash that claimed the life of Timothy Mittlestadt, 52, of Knapp. The accident happened shortly after 2:30 p.m., March 15 at the intersection of County Highway N and 3120th Avenue near Spring Valley in the Town of Cady. —photo by St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office