Police: Fallen stop sign had no impact in crash that killed 3

A motorcyclist crashed into a Lincoln, killing the rider and the 2 people inside the car.
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The Lincoln were north on County Road T and had stopped at the right of his picture, before entering onto Wisconsin 64.

The Lincoln were north on County Road T and had stopped at the right of his picture, before entering onto Wisconsin 64.

Police say that a fallen stop sign at an intersection in western Wisconsin didn't contribute to a crash that killed three people.

Driver John Plasch, 55, and passenger Miriam Espinosa, 46, both from Oakdale, Minnesota, entered the intersection at Wisconsin 64 and County Road T, near New Richmond, on Friday evening when their vehicle was struck by a Harley Davidson.

Plasch and Espinosa were both killed, as was the driver of the Harley, 34-year-old Cody Cook-Terhurne, of Somerset, Wisconsin.

Shortly before the crash, a stop sign at the intersection had been reported to local police as having fallen down.

However on Monday, the St. Croix County Sheriff's Office was "not a factor in the crash."

Instead, witnesses said they had seen the motorcycle "traveling at a high rate of speed" shortly before the crash, as well as passing vehicles on the right shoulder.

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Ten minutes earlier, police had also received a 911 call about a motorcyclist matching Cook-Terhurne's description passing vehicles on the centerline despite oncoming traffic on Wisconsin 64.

Police say that despite the stop sign being down, Plasch had stopped prior to entering the intersection, which also had "stop ahead" warning signs and rumble strips, as he waited for traffic to clear.

The crash continues to be investigated.

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