ROCK COUNTY (WIFR) -- On Tuesday, 10/08/13, at 1449 hours, the Rock County Sheriff's Office received a report of vehicle debris and tire tracks in the grass near an address in the 17000 block of W. STH 81 in Avon Township.
A deputy was dispatched to investigate, and on arrival, discovered a 1995, Dodge Ram pickup truck smashed up, and fairly obscured from view, in a tree line near a cornfield.
The female driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, later identified as Nicole E. Schultz, age 27, of Monroe, was found trapped inside and deceased.
The investigation shows that prior to the crash, Schultz' vehicle had been traveling eastbound on W. STH 81 at a high rate of speed when the vehicle entered the south shoulder of the road.
Schultz over corrected her steering, causing the vehicle to cross the road and exit the north shoulder, sliding sideways through the grass. The vehicle went down into the ditch, struck a raised driveway and became airborne.
The vehicle traveled approximately 144 feet in the air, where it struck a tree and came to rest in the wooded area.
Schultz was not wearing a seatbelt and was extricated from the vehicle by personnel from the Brodhead Fire Department.
Deputy Coroner Don Robinson pronounced Schultz deceased at 1730 hours.
Schultz was last seen in Monroe at approximately 2245 hours the night before, and was said to have been enroute to Beloit afterwards.
Neighbors in the area reported hearing a loud noise sometime around 2330 hours on 10/07/13, however, nothing was reported at the time likely due to darkness and the fact the crash occurred well off the road, obscured from view.
The Rock County Sheriff's Office Crash Reconstruction Team responded to reconstruct the crash, which remains under investigation at this time. No further press releases are anticipated.