The victim of a fatal car accident that occurred Monday evening during a police pursuit has been identified.
The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday identified the deceased as Sean E. O’Corrain, 27, of Rhinelander.
According to a Rhinelander Police Department press release, an officer was attempting to stop O’Corrain’s vehicle for speeding on Davenport Street at approximately 8:26 p.m. Monday when he refused to stop.
“The operator of the suspect vehicle disregarded the officer’s emergency lights and siren and increased the speed of his vehicle in an apparent effort to elude the officer,” the department said.
The pursuit continued to the intersection of County Highway K at Forest Loop Road, just west of State Highway 47, where O’Corrain’s vehicle left the roadway and came to rest in a ditch.
He died at the scene of the crash.
A female passenger was taken to Ministry St. Mary’s Hospital where she was treated and released. A dog was also injured in the crash. Police say the animal was taken to a veterinarian for treatment.
Rhinelander Police Chief Mike Steffes said Tuesday he could not comment as to the rate of speed at which O’Corrain’s vehicle was traveling. He said the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office and the Wisconsin State Patrol are investigating the crash.
Oneida County Chief Deputy Dan Hess said investigators are still determining how fast O’Corrain’s vehicle was traveling when the accident occurred.
Lt. Lloyd Gauthier of the sheriff’s office noted investigators have some theories as to why O’Corrain fled police but are not releasing them at this time as the matter remains under investigation.
“It would be speculation at this point,” he said, adding that officers are hoping to learn more about the accident when they interview O’Corrain’s passenger.