ELKHORN, Wis. – A 1989 graduate of McHenry East High School and a father of five died in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday night near Elkhorn, Wis. Police said the other driver was drunk.
Kelly Jacob Agnes, the 40-year-old son of Bill and Dorothy Agnes of McHenry, died after the Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck he was driving collided with a Chrysler Sebring whose driver allegedly failed to stop at a stop sign at a T-intersection.
Agnes, of Elkhorn, was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after the 8:59 p.m. crash, said Capt. Scott McClory, patrol division commander at the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office.
The collision occurred at the intersection of Highways H and A in Sugar Creek, McClory said.
The Sebring had been traveling south on Highway H, and its driver, John M. Weller, 21, of Palmyra, Wis., allegedly failed to stop at the stop sign at Highway A. Agnes was traveling east. East and westbound traffic have no stop sign at the intersection, McClory said.
Weller was flown to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee from Lakeland Medical Center in Elkhorn. He was in intensive care Wednesday, McClory said. Weller faces a charge of homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle upon his release, McClory added.
“The District Attorney’s Office was consulted,” McClory said. “Charges ... will be filed once he’s booked into jail.”
Weller’s blood-alcohol level was not available Wednesday. McClory said investigators at the scene found evidence that pointed to Weller being intoxicated, but toxicology reports are pending.
Agnes was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash. Both vehicles were traveling at highway speed, McClory said.
There were no passengers in either vehicle.
Agnes’ mother, Dorothy Agnes, said Wednesday that her family was reeling from the news.
“[Weller] hit him with such force that the truck went over an embankment, and he was killed instantly,” she said. “He was just a really good man. Everybody loved him.”
Kelly Agnes, who was divorced, had five children ranging in age from 8 to 21, his mother said. He was on his way home from his job at a Stoughton, Wis., car dealership when the crash occurred.
Dorothy Agnes said her son was class president when he graduated in 1989, and that he had been a member of the Woodstock National Guard.
He is survived by three sisters, Jennifer (Micah) Fogel of Aurora, Rebecca (Jarrod) McMahon of Elkhorn and Cristine (Matthew) of Fox River Grove. He also had five nieces and nephews and a longtime girlfriend, Shannon Terry of McHenry.
Funeral arrangements are pending with Colonial Funeral Home in McHenry.
“He was a very loving, caring person who loved his nieces, nephews and children,” Dorothy Agnes said.