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The St. Croix County Sheriff's Department responded to a one-vehicle crash on State Highway 20, about one-tenth of a mile east of the Pierce/St. Croix County line in the Town of Cady Wednesday at 3:35 p.m.

A 2005 Buick Rendezvous, driven by Peter J. De Gross, age 76 of Spring Valley was westbound on State Highway 29 when it crossed the center line, left the roadway and entered the south ditch. The vehicle then struck a concrete culvert.

De Gross was pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Croix County Medical Examiner. The passenger in the vehicle, Yvonne M. De Gross, age 73 of Spring Valley, was taken by Spring Valley Ambulance to Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie with non-life threatening injuries.

Mr. De Gross was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. Mrs. De Gross was wearing a seatbelt.

The Spring Valley Fire Department also assisted at the scened.

This is the third traffic fatality of 2008 in St. Croix County.

The crash remains under investigation by the St. Croix County Sheriff's Department.