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Racine County Sheriff's Office News

YORKVILLE – A 36-year-old woman was being treated for life-threatening injuries and a Kenosha man was arrested after a head-on crash on Highway 20 early Sunday morning.

At 12:39 a.m., the Racine County Sheriff’s Office responded to a two-vehicle accident on Highway 20 near Highway U in the Town of Yorkville. The initial caller, who was involved in the accident, said that there was one person in the other vehicle and one outside of the vehicle; both were non-responsive at the time. Deputies provided medical assistance until rescue personnel arrived on the scene.

Both parties were transported to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa. The passenger, a 36-year-old woman from Waterford, was being treated for life-threatening injuries as of Sunday morning.

The driver, Ryan J. Kamps, 37, of East Troy was treated for minor injuries.

The initial investigation showed that the vehicle driven by Kamps, a Pontiac Sunfire, allegedly veered into oncoming traffic and struck a Chevrolet Trailblazer. The operator of the Trailblazer, a 36-year-old man from Kenosha, was not injured.

During the investigation, deputies reported, they spoke to people who said that they saw Kamps drinking and said that they tried to keep him from driving, going as far as trying to arrange transportation for him. They said that Kamps refused the assistance and drove away from the local establishment prior to the accident. Kamps was later arrested on a pending charge of operating while impaired causing injury, his which would be third OWI arrest.

He was also arrested on a pending charge of felony causing injury by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle. When released from the hospital, he will be transported to the Racine County Jail.

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Michael "Mick" Burke covers business and the Village of Sturtevant. He is the proud father of two daughters and owner of a fantastic, although rug-chewing, German shepherd dog.