JANESVILLE — A Watertown man is expected to be cited for inattentive driving in a three-vehicle crash Monday afternoon that claimed the life of a motorcyclist.
At 3:57 p.m. Monday, Rock County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a traffic crash on U.S. Highway 14 at Hackbarth Road in the Town of Janesville.
A line of vehicles was traveling east on Highway 14 approaching Hackbarth Road and began to slow for a vehicle turning onto North West River Drive, deputies said. Within the line of cars was a Chevrolet Silverado driven by Gerald E. Field, 36, of Watertown, which failed to slow and struck a Harley Davidson operated by a 68-year-old Janesville man. The impact pushed the motorcycle into the rear of a Honda Accord driven by Johanna E. Yoder, 72, of Crystal Lake, Ill.
Both the motorcycle and Accord had slowed prior to the crash.
The motorcyclist was transported to local hospital, but later died. He was not wearing a helmet.
On Wednesday, the Rock County Medical Examiner’s Office identified him as Jeffrey W. Dary, 68, Janesville.
A forensic autopsy was completed at the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office on Wednesday. Preliminary results confirm that Dary’s death was the result of injuries sustained in the traffic crash. Additional testing is under way at this time.
This death remains under investigation by the Rock County Sheriff’s Office and the Rock County Medical Examiner’s Department.
Deputies said that Field is believed to have been falling asleep prior to the crash, and will be cited for inattentive driving.
As a result of the crash, Highway 14 was closed for approximately two hours.