Beloit Resident Dies in Helicopter Crash

By: Narina Crain
By: Narina Crain

Karen Clifton and her husband Bill Thorson were hoping to spend a relaxing vacation with Karen’s parents. And her co-workers at the Beloit Police Department were very excited for her new marriage.

But that excitement soon turned into shock and sadness... When the helicopter the newly weds and Clifton’s father were riding in crashed. They were touring the island of Kauai.

Laverne Clifton was a Chrysler retiree died in the wreck. His daughter Karen and her husband were able to swim to shore. They're both helping investigators piece together what happened.

The National Transportation Safety board reports poor weather may have been a factor.


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