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Authorities Withhold Name of Deceased Falls' Motorcyclist while Family Seeks Relative

Family trying to track down relative who is out of the country after man dies in Dodge County on Harley-Davidson

A Menomonee Falls family is mourning the death of a 55-year-old man, but they're also trying to track down a family member on vacation who doesn't know yet that the tragedy happened.

As a result, authorities aren’t releasing the name of the Menomonee Falls man who died when his Harley-Davidson motorcycle failed to negotiate a curve because a family member of the man is out of the country and can’t be reached.

Capt. Trace Frost, of the Sheriff’s Department in Dodge County, where the crash occurred, said the man’s name will be released on Thursday when the family member is scheduled to return to the United States.

“That may change if the family is able to contact him with social media,” he said. “We don’t want the family member to find out through other means.”

The man was riding alone and was found by a passing motorist at 5 a.m. Sunday. “It was not witnessed. We got a call in the morning. People could see the motorcycle in the ditch,” Frost said on Monday.

According to a news release from the Sheriff’s Department, the man was southbound on County Highway P in Dodge County when he “failed to negotiate a sweeping left-hand curve.” The motorcycle left the road and careened into a ditch. The man was ejected from the motorcycle when he tried to “correct the error,” the release said.  The man was driving a 1990 Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Frost said Monday that authorities “don’t know the cause, other than he went off the road on a curve.” He said it’s not believed that speed was a factor.

He said that Highway P is a county road running north to south that “gets a lot of traffic.” The man crashed on Highway P at Adams Road in the Township of Ashippun. The exact time of the accident is not known.

Frost said that authorities don’t know why the man was in Dodge County and didn't release his occupation.

Awake! June 26, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Yah know, as tragic as this accident is...I can't look past the idiocy of the sheriffs department here..."Frost said that authorities don’t know why the man was in Dodge County and didn't release his occupation"...What?!?...nice day...beautiful weather...nice cruiser cycle...what do you THINK he was doing in dodge county?!?!...I ride there all the time...just to ride...am I supposed to check in with the dodge county police department and show my passport whenever i enter the county limits?!?...The statement is completely rediculous and should have been left out of the article in my opinion...My heart goes out to the family in this tragedy and my prayers... :'-(
Jessica McBride June 26, 2012 at 02:03 PM
In fairness to them, I asked them those questions. You can't assume anything in journalism!
Jessica McBride June 26, 2012 at 02:04 PM
I was trying to humanize him...

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