On January 1, 2018, at 6:28 p.m., the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department along with Paris Fire and Rescue responded to the 12300 block of Highway K (60th Street) for a serious two-vehicle injury crash. Pleasant Prairie and Bristol Fire and Rescue assisted as well.
Investigation at scene revealed that a 2006 Toyota Corolla was traveling eastbound and was struck head-on by a westbound 2012 Toyota Tundra pickup truck.
The operator of the Toyota Corolla (53-year-old female) was pronounced deceased at the scene as a result of injuries sustained. There was a 7-year-old male passenger who was also injured and transported for medical care. They both are from the City of Kenosha.
The operator of the pickup truck (38-year-old male) was injured and also transported for medical care. Investigation revealed that the pickup truck operator left his lane of travel and entered the lane occupied by the car causing the crash.
The male operator of the pickup was alone in the vehicle at the time of this incident. He is a Kenosha County resident. He is charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated First Offense Causing Death, as well as numerous traffic-related charges.
The investigation is still active.
At this time all names are being withheld pending proper notification.
The deceased operator has been identified as Djuana Latshaw (53 years old).
The 7-year-old passenger has serious injuries but is expected to survive.
The suspect has been identified as Christopher Thayer (38 years old). He also has serious injuries but is expected to survive.