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On September 23, 2022 at 10:34 p.m., the Sawyer County Dispatch Center received a 911 call of a person and a vehicle on fire on River Road in the Town of Hunter.

Sawyer County deputies, assisted by Sawyer County EMS and the Round Lake Fire Department, responded to the scene.  Upon arrival, deputies observed a vehicle in the roadway totally engulfed in flames.  Lying in the roadway, next to the vehicle, was the motionless body of a subject that was also on fire.  Due to the extreme heat, emergency responders were not able to safely approach the victim.  The fire was extinguished and the victim was found to be deceased.  The victim has been positively identified as 75-year old William J. Smith of Antioch, Illinois.

Further investigation indicated that the driver of the 2018 Cadillac sedan was traveling north on River Road when it appeared to enter the ditch, strike a mailbox, and come back on to the roadway.  The vehicle continued a short distance down the road where it was found fully engulfed in flames.

The incident is currently under investigation by the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office, the Sawyer County Coroner’s Office, and the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigations Fire Marshalls Office.

Source:  Sawyer County Sheriff's Office
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