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UPDATE: Menasha man sought by police killed in Hwy. 29 crash


SHAWANO COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - We're learning more about a fatal crash on Highway 29 early Tuesday that shut down traffic in that area for six hours.

Shawano County Sheriff's say a Menasha man was killed when he slammed his SUV head-on into a semi tractor trailer on Highway 29 at Highway 160 around 12:47 a.m.

35-year-old Keith L. Carpenter drove a black 1999 Mercury Mountaineer westbound and struck the semi. The semi was driven by 42-year-old Scott Strom of Pulaski. 24-year-old Joseph Sobieski of Abrams was a passenger in the semi.

Menasha police say at 1:25 a.m. Tuesday, they issued an "attempt to locate" for the SUV and Keith Carpenter. Authorities say they wanted to arrest Carpenter for a domestic disturbance that occurred earlier in the night involving a male and female relative. 

Shawano County sheriff's and Menasha police officials believe the vehicle is the same SUV involved in the crash.

Witnesses tell the sheriff's department that about 2 minutes before the crash, a black SUV passed the semi going eastbound at a high rate of speed. They also indicate that the SUV going westbound had turned off its lights before striking the semi.

According to authorities, the SUV started on fire and burned until it was extinguished by the Pulaski Fire Department. Both vehicles came to rest in the median, with the semi blocking both westbound lanes of traffic. There was a large diesel fuel spill and debris that shutdown the eastbound lanes. The SUV and semi both sustained severe damage.