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One person dead in LdF head on collision

April 17, 2020 by Brian Jopek

One person died in a two-vehicle collision March 19 on State Highway 47 near the intersection with Lower Sugarbush Road. 

According to Lac du Flambeau police chief Bob Brandenburg, his department received a report just after 6 p.m. of a vehicle fire on Hwy. 47 “within the exterior boundaries of the Lac du Flambeau Indian Reservation.” 

Brandenburg said Debra Granato, 60, Wakefield, Mich., was northbound on Hwy. 47 in a 2009 Ford F-150 when her vehicle was struck by a southbound 2007 Ford F-150 driven by Stanlee Kmiecik, 21, Lac du Flambeau. 

First responders found both vehicles totally engulfed in flame.

Brandenburg said the initial crash investigation revealed Kmiecik’s F-150 traveled left of center, causing a head on crash with Granato’s pickup truck. 

Prior to arrival of authorities, Kmiecik was transported by private vehicle to Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff and then Brandenburg said he was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield. 

Granato was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Wisconsin State Patrol is assisting Lac du Flambeau police with the investigation.

Brian Jopek may be reached via email at [email protected]

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