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UPDATE: Hortonville man dies in one-car rollover

A 67-year-old Hortonville man died in a single-car rollover accident that occurred shortly before 7 a.m. Wednesday, June 26.

Early this afternoon the Wisconsin State Patrol identified the man as Gary J. Fritz. His wife Donna K. Fritz, 66, was taken to Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire with non-life-threatening injuries.

According to the State Patrol, the Fritz vehicle was traveling west on Hwy. 29 in Dunn County near Elk Mound and exited onto the 52 interchange that merges to I-94 west. The driver failed to negotiate a curve and lost control of the vehicle, which rolled across the westbound off-ramp and came to rest.

Gary Fritz was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Poor visibility and driving too fast for conditions may have contributed to the crash. The crash remains under investigation by the State Patrol.

Assisting agencies included Dunn County Sheriff’s Department, Elk Mound Fire Department, Colfax Ambulance and Dunn County medical examiner.

Jeff Holmquist
Jeff Holmquist has been managing editor of the New Richmond News since 2004. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and business administration from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has previously worked as editor in Wadena, Minn.; Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Hutchinson, Minn.; and Bloomington, Minn. He also was previously owner of the Osceola Sun, Stillwater Courier and Scandia Messenger along with his wife. Together they previously founded and published The Old Times newspaper for antiques and collectibles collectors; and Up!, a Christian magazine of hope and encouragement.
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