MILTON — A passenger has died following a crash early Sunday morning on East High Street, east of the intersection with McEwan Lane in Milton.

At about 2:56 a.m., the Milton Police Department and Milton and Milton Township Fire Department were dispatched for a traffic crash with injuries involving a vehicle and a legally parked dump truck. Derek Lee Garber, 20, was transported by fire department to Mercyhealth Hospital and Trauma Center in Janesville and later died of injuries.

Police said it appears that neither the driver nor his passenger were wearing seatbelts. Investigating officers believe that the crash likely would have been survivable had the two men been doing so.

The driver, Joseph R. Overbeek, 20, Delavan, was arrested on charges of homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle, operating after suspension causing death, and other traffic charges.

The Rock County Sheriff’s Department Accident Reconstruction Team and on-duty patrol deputies assisted with the crash investigation. Wisconsin State Patrol and Milton Department of Public Works also assisted. East High Street was closed for approximately four hours for the investigation.

The news release states no further information will be released at this time pending additional investigation.

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