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5 injured, 1 critically after impaired driver crashes into Fond du Lac Verizon store

Posted at 1:58 PM, Apr 27, 2023

FOND DU LAC, Wis. — An impaired driver crashed a vehicle into a Verizon store in Fond du Lac Thursday. Five people were injured, including one critically, authorities say.

According to a news release from Fond du Lac Fire Rescue, the 20-year-old Oakfield male driver of the car was speeding when they crashed into the building around 12:20 p.m. Crews found the car fully inside the building after the impact.


A preliminary investigation suggests the driver was northbound on Rolling Meadows Drive when he left the roadway. The car traveled 300 feet off-road through parts of a terrace and parts of the Pet Smart and Dollar Tree parking lot before jumping the curb of the Verizon parking lot and smashing through the building into Verizon's showroom.

Several customers were inside when the crash occurred.

One person, a 29-year-old woman, suffered life-threatening injuries and was brought by helicopter to ThedaCare in Neenah. A 30-year-old man, a 23-year-old man, and a 49-year-old woman were brought to a local hospital via ambulance.


The 20-year-old driver was the sole occupant of the car and was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He was arrested for operating while impaired causing great bodily harm, a felony.

The incident happened at 467 N. Rolling Meadow Dr. Photos from the scene show a car that barreled into the glass and walls of the structure.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Scene of the crash Thursday in Fond du Lac.

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