Lonsdale woman killed in Pierce County motorcycle crash

Lonsdale woman killed in Pierce County motorcycle crash Photo: Pexels/MGN

Updated: October 22, 2019 01:23 PM

A Lonsdale woman died and another person was injured in a multiple-vehicle crash in Pierce County, Wisconsin on Sunday.

The Pierce County Sheriff's Office said it was notified of a crash on Highway 35, near 1005th Street in Hager City, at about 4:56 p.m.


Authorities determined Kathy Kahler, 47, was driving a 2014 Yamaha motorcycle north on Highway 35. The sheriff's office said she passed another vehicle and was back in the northbound lane when she lost control of her motorcycle, went into the southbound lane, and struck a vehicle and guardrail, ejecting her. She was not wearing a helmet, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

As Kahler crashed, 23-year-old Ian Gardiner was driving a Harley Davidson south on Highway 35, the sheriff's office said. He attempted to avoid colliding with Kahler's motorcycle, but the sheriff's office said his motorcycle laid down and he was thrown from it.

He was taken to a hospital with undetermined injuries.

At that time, 20-year-old Regina Turning, of Oakdale, was driving a 2009 Pontiac Vibe south on Highway 35. She collided with Kahler's motorcycle as it had struck the guardrail. Turning wasn't injured.

The crash remains under investigation.

Editor's note: Based on earlier information from the sheriff's office, the story previously stated Kahler lost control of the motorcycle and crashed after passing another motorcycle in a no-passing zone. The story has been updated to reflect updated information from the sheriff's office.

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