A Rice Lake man was killed Saturday night in a two-vehicle crash in Rusk County near Bruce.
A vehicle was traveling eastbound on U.S. 8, west of Bruce, in the town of Stubbs at about 6:35 p.m. on Nov. 3, when the vehicle crossed the centerline and collided with another vehicle traveling westbound. The eastbound vehicle then rolled, ejecting the driver.
The Rusk County Sheriff’s Department released the names of the drivers Monday afternoon.
Justin Bose, 28, of Rice Lake, was eastbound, and he died as a result of the crash.
Mike Stopczynski, 46, of Phelps, was westbound.
According to the Rusk County Sheriff’s Department, Bose crossed the centerline and struck Stopczynski’s vehicle.
The crash occurred near Adams Road.
The sheriff’s dispatch center received a call from a concerned driver about 15 minutes before the crash, reporting following a vehicle that has been “all over the road” near Weyerhaeuser.
The caller was following the vehicle from Cameron, reporting the vehicle had almost taken the ditch multiple times.
Stopczynski was treated for minor injuries and arrested on suspicion of felony OWI 4th or greater and felony bail jumping.
Toxicology results are pending for Bose.
Bose and Stopczynski were the only occupants of the vehicles.
Last February, Stopczynski was charged in Vilas County Circuit Court with his fourth OWI.
In September in Oneida County Circuit Court, Stopczynski was charged with felony bail jumping and ticketed on suspicion of possessing open intoxicants in a motor vehicle as the driver, failing to wear seatbelt and operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance.
In March 2016, a jury found Bose guilty of misdemeanor possession of THC and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The Rusk County Sheriff’s Department, Ladysmith Police Department, Bruce Fire Department and the Rusk County Ambulance Service-Bruce and Ladysmith Units responded. Wisconsin State Patrol assisted with road closing.
The scene was cleared at 11:36 p.m., about five hours after the crash.