WATERTOWN — The victim in Wednesday’s fatal multi-vehicle collision has been identified as a Johnson Creek-area woman.
Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Jeff Parker said that Jasmine Saxby, 19, was killed when the Ford Festiva in which she was a passenger was struck by a Mitsubishi Eclipse, causing the Festiva to burst into flames.
About 11:33 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office deputies received notice of a two-vehicle collision involving a semi tanker and Ford Festiva on State Highway 26, just south of High Road and north of Ebenezer Drive in the Town of Watertown.
A secondary collision involving the Eclipse striking the Festiva occurred while deputies were en route to the scene. The impact caused the Festiva to burst into flames.
Saxby, the passenger in the Festiva, which originally had collided with the tanker, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Parker said the Jefferson County Crash Major Accident Investigation Team is investigating the crash.
He said the preliminary investigation revealed that the Festiva, driven by Reno Capin, 22, of Watertown, was northbound on Highway 26 when it collided with the rear of a northbound semi tanker driven by Anthony Mitchell, 49, of Lansing, Ill.
Parker noted that the tanker was not loaded and did not contain explosive or flammable content.
Neither Capin nor Saxby sustained life-threatening injuries in the initial impact.
Capin exited the vehicle after the crash.
Authorities stated that the second collision happened when the Eclipse, driven by Thomas Nader, 29, of Jefferson, struck the Festiva, which spun and struck Capin and caused the explosion.
Saxby had remained inside the car and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Capin was transported to Aurora Medical Center in Oconomowoc and Nader was transported to Fort Memorial Hospital. Mitchell was not injured.
Deputies were assisted at the scene by Watertown Fire and EMS, Johnson Creek EMS, Jefferson County Emergency Communications and the Jefferson County Medical Examiner’s Office.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation said all northbound lanes of Highway 26 were closed at Ebenezer Drive for nearly five hours while traffic was diverted to alternate routes.