Sad News: Another Tandem Team Run Down, This Time In Onedia Wisconsin

Not too many details are available just yet, but according to local news accounts Kris Hanson (56) and her husband Douglas (59) were hit from behind by a 2007 Chevrolet Corvette driven by Michael Gustmas (55) in Onedia, Wisconsin while riding their tandem along County Highway EE near County Highway C on Monday.

Sadly, Kris Hanson died from multiple traumatic injuries shortly after being hit and her husband remains in critical condition at a hospital in Green Bay.

The most informative report that I’ve found comes from the Journal Sentinal OnLine:

The driver of a Chevrolet Corvette that hit a Green Bay couple on a tandem bicycle reported he didn’t see them as they pedaled westbound on County Highway EE, according to a report released Wednesday by the Outagamie County Sheriff’s Department.

Michael Gustman, of Seymour, estimated he was traveling 55 mph on the rural road at the time of the crash, about 11 a.m. Monday.

Based on the sheriff’s report, it appears Doug and Kris Hanson were riding along the right side of the road, just west of Highway C, in the Town of Oneida. The report describes the roadway as flat and straight, and lists inattentive driving and improper overtaking as factors in the crash.

Both were wearing helmets.

No citations have been issued, and the case will be reviewed by the Outagamie County District Attorney.

You can find a short video news segment on the initial incident that aired on local TV station WGBA / NBC channel 26 HERE.

Aug 4th Update from Green Bay Press Gazette:

ONEIDA — Authorities are continuing to investigate an accident in which a Green Bay woman died and her husband was injured when their tandem bicycle was hit by a car earlier this week. No citations have been issued and authorities will send the findings of their investigation to the Outagamie County district attorney’s office for review, Capt. Mike Jobe of the Outagamie County Sheriff’s Department said Thursday.



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7 Responses to Sad News: Another Tandem Team Run Down, This Time In Onedia Wisconsin

  1. DS31 says:

    The recurring theme in all these sad events seems to be: “I didn’t see them”. I don’t know what we as bicycle riders can do about that, if anything.

  2. Any Charges Yet? Seems at least an inattentive Driving is in order if not a vehicular Manslaughter charge…….

    As far as the “I Didn’t see them”, I have at least one close call a week around here, with blinkies, fluorescent green shirt, headlight, etc. How about a WI bike campaign as simple as OPEN YOUR EYES and PAY Attention while driving….

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  5. James O'Brien says:

    I am so angry. The media just announce that this driver was charged with inattentive driving – and received a $187 fine – for killing someone. These were avid cyclists who wouldn’t have been in the way of any vehicle. Conditions were dry, sunny, it’s a rural area so there aren’t any distractions. I’m usually annoyed by cyclists… but geez… this is outrageous.

    • TG says:

      Thanks for the update. Unbelievable.

      New bumper sticker: Guns don’t people, inattentive people in cars do… Too bad that’s not a real crime.

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