Hunter killed after deputies say suspected drunk driver hits him.
The Taylor County Sheriff’s Department says it got a call around 5 p.m. on Friday, November 29 that a pedestrian was hit by a car at Miller Avenue and County Line Road. It happened 9 miles west of Gilman.
Officers say they were told several hunters were standing near County Line Road when a car officers say was going at a high rate of speed got close. Deputies say two of the hunters couldn’t get out of the way in time and the car hit them.
Investigators say a Juan A. Salinas, 52, from Roscoe, IL died at the scene. The other, a 53-year-old man also from Roscoe, was taken by ambulance to a hospital in Medford and moved by helicopter to a Wausau hospital with leg injuries.
The driver of the vehicle, 42-year-old James L. Winchel of Sheldon is in stable condition at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.
The investigation continues, but officers cite speed and alcohol as potential contributing factors. No names have been released.