Driver who caused three vehicle accident faces criminal offenses

CLEAR LAKE—The driver who caused a three-vehicle accident Sunday, Sept. 17, faces criminal offenses, according to a news release from the Wisconsin State patrol.

The accident occurred at approximately noon Sunday, Sept. 17, when Joseph Koehler, 27, Oakdale, Minnesota, failed to yield the 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo he was driving at the stop sign on CTH F for Hwy. 63.

Instead of yielding, Koehler’s vehicle proceeded through the intersection eastbound in front of southbound a 2007 Cadillac Escalade driven by David Ficocello, 59, Cumberland. The vehicles collided and then hit a stopped 2010 Dodge Caravan driven by 40-year-old Steven Sunday of Clear Lake. Sunday was waiting in the northbound lane on Hwy. 63 to turn westbound onto CTH F.

Koehler was the only one injured in the accident and was transported to the Amery Hospital for medical attention. Koehler was also charged with possession of marijuana, operating under the influence with a child under the age of 16 in the vehicle, failure to yield right of way and operating without a valid driver’s license.-Danielle Danford with information from the Wisconsin State Patrol