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Five injured in car vs. pedestrians crash in La Crosse

UPDATE: Three pedestrians still hospitalized

LA CROSSE, Wis. - All three pedestrians are still hospitalized following a car versus pedestrian crash Friday night on La Crosse's south side.

Collin Hanrahan, 19, of Maquoketa, Iowa, was driving southbound on Losey Boulevard near Denton Street when he tried to merge from the left lane to the right lane, according to police.


Hanrahan clipped the front of a pickup truck driven by Joshua Schmitz, 26, in the right lane, causing Hanrahan to lose control of his vehicle.

Three pedestrians were struck before Hanrahan's vehicle hit a brick pillar of an advertising sign.

Pedestrian Zengziang Li, 22, of La Crosse, is in good condition at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse.

Conditions for the other two pedestrians, Denghua Chen, 63, of La Crosse, and Manching Wong, 48, of La Crosse, are unknown.

Hanrahan's passenger, Alex Behrend, 18, of Waukon, Iowa, was released from Mayo on Saturday.

Hanrahan was released from Mayo on Friday. He faces charges of unreasonable and imprudent speed in a 30 mph zone and unsafe lane deviation.


Five people were injured in a car-pedestrians crash Friday night, according to Tri-State Ambulance.  La Crosse Police tell us 3 of the injuries were pedestrians.  They say two people were in the car.

It happened just after 9:30 p.m. near the intersection of State Road and Losey Boulevard on the south side of La Crosse.

Tri-State says they transported one person from the scene with life-threatening injuries and four others with non life-threatening injuries.

Video from the scene shows a car that smashed into a brick pillar that holds up business signs. Two airbags in the car were deployed.

Police say reckless driving appears to be a factor in the crash.

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