TOWN OF TEXAS — Police have identified the man who died Wednesday in a two-vehicle crash in the town of Texas. The crash happened just before 6:15 p.m. on Hwy. W near the intersection of Hwy. WW, police said.
Ernest Paul Elliott, 75, of Wausau, died at the scene of the crash, according to a Marathon County Sheriff’s Department crash report. Elliott was a passenger in a 2005 Ford Mustang GT driven by 53-year-old Douglas Stone of Merrill when Stone’s northbound vehicle turned into the path of a southbound SUV, police said. Elliott was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, according to the report.
Stone, along with another passenger, 52-year-old Linda Stone, were seriously injured in the crash and were transported to Aspirus Wausau Hospital for treatment of their injuries, police said.
The driver of the SUV, 20-year-old Kaleb Tesky of Merrill, was also seriously injured in the crash, police said. Tesky was also transported to Aspirus Wausu Hospital for treatment.
Police suspect Douglas Stone had been drinking before the crash, according to the report. Preliminary blood alcohol test results were not available as of Thursday evening.