Shawano police complete their investigation into fatal accident

Crash reconstruction, toxicology reports still pending

Shawano police have completed their end of an investigation into the motorcycle crash Sunday that took the life of 31-year-old Justin Kleczka of Shawano, but toxicology results and a full accident scene reconstruction are still pending from other agencies, according to Police Chief Dan Mauel.

Kleczka was killed in a motorcycle crash Sunday night on South Airport Drive about a quarter-mile south of Richmond Street.

The investigation determined Kleczka was southbound on Airport Drive and attempted to pass a southbound pickup truck and struck the rear of the truck.

Kleczka was wearing a helmet, police said.

The operator of the truck, a 30-year-old Shawano man, was not injured.

Mauel said the accident investigation is completed “to this point,” but the Wisconsin State Patrol is handling the accident reconstruction.

“Those reports take a while to get compiled and sent to us,” he said.

“We’re also waiting for autopsy results, toxicology results and things like that,” Mauel said. “If something comes up in that, then we would have to go further.”

Mauel said the crash location is hazardous for attempting to pass other vehicles, and is in fact a no-passing zone.

He said the pending accident reconstruction would determine whether speed was a factor in the crash and the toxicology report could determine whether other factors were involved.

“There’s a lot of variables there,” Mauel said.

However, he said, the police department is confident in the details of the crash released so far.

“We’re confident that’s what happened and we’re confident it is correct,” Mauel said. “But with that said, we’re also waiting for the reconstruction results from the state patrol. So we’re not in a position to say speed for either vehicle and we’re not in a position to say there aren’t other factors for either vehicle until everything comes back.”

Mauel said it would be premature to draw any final conclusions.

“What we put out was what we had at the time,” he said. “We weren’t going to make any assumptions or things like that and have them come back to be false.”