Richard F. Eckert of Whitewater died in a single-vehicle accident Sunday, September 1, 2013. Eckert was 65 and the only occupant in the vehicle.
At 5:42 a.m., Walworth County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a report that a vehicle had gone off the road on Highway 20 near Zimmerman Road in the Town of Troy.
An official press release states Eckert's 2000 Ford Taurus sustained substantial damage. Preliminary findings indicate Eckert was trying to negotiate a curve when his vehicle struck a guardrail sending the car across the road several hundred feet before striking a tree.
Eckert was deceased at the scene. An autopsy is scheduled to determine the exact cause of his death.