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UPDATE: Driver charged for multi-vehicle crash in Rock County

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The driver of the Ford truck has been identified as Miguel De Aquino Benito. He faces charges of Operating While Intoxicated (2nd offense), two counts of Operating While Intoxicated Causing Injury, Failure to Yield Right of Way Causing Bodily Harm, Open Intoxicants as a Driver, and a seatbelt violation.

The passenger of the truck, Ruben Abarca Meudino, was cited for a seatbelt violation and for Open Intoxicants as a Passenger.

Both men have been released from the hospital.


On Sunday October 13, 2013 at 12:59pm Rock County Deputies, Town of Turtle Fire Department, City of Beloit Fire and Paramedics, Paratech Ambulance, MD-1, and the Town of Beloit Police Department responded to a two car collision at the intersections of L-T Townline Rd. and County Highway G in La Prairie Township.

On arrival, Deputies found a 2006 Ford F-150 in northeast of the intersection. The truck had rolled a number of times and both occupants were ejected. The truck was heavily damaged. The occupants were Ruben Abarca Meudino (32) and Miguel De Aquino Benito (25), both from Beloit. A second vehicle was a 2005 Dodge Caravan, driven by Joan Wotton (85) from Janesville was on the northbound shoulder facing south. Wotton's vehicle was also heavily damaged.

Investigation shows the Ford truck was east bound at Townline Rd at CTH G and The Caravan was northbound on CTH G. After stopping at the stop sign, the truck failed to yield the right of way and entered the intersection into the path of the Caravan. The front of the caravan struck with the passenger side of the Ford sending both vehicles to the northeast. The collision caused the Ford truck to roll over and the Dodge Caravan to spin. Open intoxicants were found in the Ford.

Ruben Abarca Meudino was transported to Mercy Hospital where he is in serious condition. De Aquino Benito was also transported to Mercy Hospital and is in critical condition. Neither men were wearing seatbelts. Joan Wotton was transported to St. Mary's Hospital in Janesville with non-life threatening injuries. Wotton was wearing her seat belt.

The collision is still under investigation. Alcohol is considered a contributing factor.       

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