Woman killed in 4-vehicle wreck on I-39 identified, 7 injured

Woman killed in 4-vehicle wreck on I-39 identified, 7 injured
Mackenzi Adams

A Lake Geneva woman was killed and seven others were injured in a four-vehicle wreck on Interstate 39 in Rock County Saturday night, according to a release.

The Wisconsin State Patrol said troopers responded to a report of a crash at 11:26 p.m. on northbound I-39 milepost 185 near Beloit.

According to the release, a blue Ford Taurus driven by 20-year-old Janesville woman was headed north on I-39/90 when it struck the median guardrail at the State Line Industrial Lead railroad bridge at milepost 185. The Taurus became disabled facing south in the northbound lanes.

A 51-year-old man driving a blue Dodge Caravan and a 29-year-old man from Lake Geneva driving a black VW Jetta stopped to assist the Taurus driver.

A CR England semitrailer unit driven by a 31-year-old man from Peoria, Illinois, was headed north when the semi struck the disabled Taurus and rear-ended the Jetta and the Caravan. The front-seat passenger in the Jetta, a 26-year-old Lake Geneva woman, was killed. She is identified as Jessica Lynn Border.

Two boys, a 6-year-old and 9-year-old, in the back seat of the Jetta and the Jetta driver were taken to Mercy Hospital. The boys have life-threatening injuries, according to the report. The driver’s injuries are non-life-threatening. 

The man driving the minivan, a 49-year-old woman and a 23-year-old woman, all of Deerfield, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

The 20-year-old Janesville woman, Mackenzi Adams, was in court Monday facing a tentative charge of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle. The state patrol release said she had been drinking alcohol.

According to a criminal complaint, Adams told police she was coming from work at a campground on Lake Koshkonong in Newville.

Adams’ bail was set at $2,000 cash in court Monday. She is scheduled to be back in court Wednesday.

Officials did not name the other parties involved pending notification of their families.