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Orfordville man arrested in Thursday crash that injures Janesville teen

By Shelly Birkelo
August 27, 2015

JANESVILLE—An Orfordville man was arrested on multiple charges Thursday morning after crashing his vehicle on the city's east side, seriously injuring a teen, Janesville police Lt.  Charles Aagaard said.

Joseph F. Brager, 20, was traveling at 3:20 a.m. at a high rate of speed on Deerfield Drive when he failed to negotiate the curve in the road near Home Depot. When Brager tried to stop, his vehicle's tires left 100 feet of skid marks, the vehicle rolled onto its roof and slid another 100 feet, Aagaard said.

A passenger in the vehicle, Savannah Bennett, 16, Janesville, was injured, police said. She was taken to Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center, Janesville, according to a Janesville Fire Department spokesman.

Mercy declined to give details on Bennett’s condition on Thursday, other than to confirm she had been brought to the hospital. A spokeswoman for the hospital’s marketing department said Mercy does not release medical information for juveniles.

Brager was arrested on charges of operating after suspension, reckless driving and operating while suspended causing great bodily harm, Aagaard said.

Bennett was cited for not wearing a seat belt and curfew violation, a police department spokesman said.