Wednesday, July 5, 2017

RIDING ATV AT NIGHT IS VERY, VERY DANGEROUS: Speeding and/or careless Brock A. Hannawell, 19, of Birnamwood died in an ATV crash at 1:20 am in Shawano County, Wisconsin

BIRNAMWOOD, WI - A 19-year-old Birnamwood man died in an ATV crash early Tuesday morning, according to the Shawano County Sheriff's Office.

The crash happened at about 1:20 a.m. off the end of Killdeer Lane, about one mile north of the village of Birnamwood.

A caller reported the teen, who was later identified as Brock Hannawell, of Birnamwood, was unconscious and not breathing. Paramedics and deputies responded, but Hannawell died at the scene. An 18-year-old woman who was a passenger in the crash was not hurt.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

This teen had a death wish: speeding tickets, all kinds of rough riding and speeding eventually took a toll on his young life.  Live and learn, learn and live. 

Here is his obituary:

Brock A. Hannawell, 19, of Birnamwood, died unexpectedly(?) (we think he had a death wish with all his speeding stunts) in the town of Aniwa on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 following an ATV accident. 

He was born on April 19, 1998 in Wausau, the son of Bobby Hannawell and Susie Grafton. Brock was raised in Birnamwood and attended Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School. 

Brock worked at Sugarbush Pheasant Ranch in Aniwa and was currently employed at Lake Aire Construction, Birnamwood.

Brock was an avid outdoorsman and had an adventurous spirit. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was an expert archer. He was a member of the Birnamwood Bow Hunters Club where he held the only perfect score. Brock loved to go offroading on his dirt bike and four wheeler as well as snowmobiling in the winter. Brock had the biggest heart and cared deeply about everyone. He loved to just hang out and had many friends whom he considered his family. He was a member of St. Joseph Holy Family Catholic Church, Phlox.

Brock is survived by his sister, Sierra Hannawell, Birnamwood, his parents, Bobby (Sue VanProoyen) Hannawell and Susie (Jeremy Berger) Grafton, all of Birnamwood; his beloved dog, Zeus; grandparents, Terry (Terri) Hannawell of Sparta, Sherry (Larry) Resch of Birnamwood and James Grafton of Moline, IL; girlfriend, Lonnie Bierman of Antigo and aunts and uncles, Jim (Lynn) Grafton and Lori VanderVinne, all of Illinois.

Brock was preceded in death by his grandmother, Julie Grafton and great grandmother, Margaret Peg "Granny" Flamingo.

The funeral service will be held at 12 Noon on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home, Birnamwood. Deacon Thomas Hartman will officiate. Interment will be in Forest Cemetery, Birnamwood. Visitation will be held on Saturday from 9AM until the time of service at the funeral home. Memories and condolences may be shared at or Schmidt Schulta Funeral Home on Facebook. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Birnamwood Bow Hunters Club in honor of Brock.

Oregon OSHA Posts ATV Safety Fact Sheet

Paved roads, excessive speed, steep slopes, and carrying passengers and unstable loads are the chief risks and hazards for ATV riders, the sheet explains.

Oregon OSHA recently posted a fact sheet about all-terrain vehicles, explaining Oregon's three ATV classifications, listing the industries from which accepted disabling claims involving ATVs in Oregon originated in 2009-2013, and offering guidance on hazards, PPE, training, and state laws. Anyone younger than 18 who rides an ATV on public lands must wear an approved motorcycle helmet with the chinstrap fastened, for example, except when the ATV is being used exclusively in farming, agriculture, forestry, or nursery or Christmas tree growing operations; the ATV is being used on land owned or leased by the vehicle's owner; or the ATV is a street-legal Class II vehicle registered in Oregon.

The fact sheet shows that more than half of the accepted disabling claims -- 59 out of 110 during the five-year period -- came from the agriculture, forestry, and fishing industries in Oregon. Another 17 came from local and state governments. Only two came from the construction industry, both in 2010.

Paved roads, excessive speed, steep slopes, and carrying passengers and unstable loads are the chief risks and hazards for ATV riders, the sheet explains.

Riding risks and hazards of ATV

Paved roads.
ATVs can be difficult to control on paved roads, even at slow speeds. They
are also a hazard for other motorists who pass them on highways.

Rough terrain and excessive speed.
ATVs make it easier to reach remote locations, but drivers need to be aware of rocks, logs, ditches, equipment, and other obstacles. Driving too fast limits reaction time and increases the risk of overturning the ATV or striking and unmarked object.

Steep slopes.
ATVs are easy to overturn, especially on steep slopes. Inexperienced
drivers tend to overestimate an ATV’s stability on such terrain. Traveling across slopes on three-wheeled vehicles is particularly dangerous
Passengers and unstable loads.
Most ATVs are not designed to carry passengers; an extra rider does not have a secure place to stand or sit and makes the vehicle unstable. Improperly secured cargo also affects an ATV’s stability.
Early Morning ATV Accident Turns Fatal

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department responded to an ATV accident in the Town of Aniwa early Tuesday morning. The incident took place at the end of Killdeer Lane, just north of Birnamwood.

Sheriff Officials say a 19-year-old male who was identified as Brock Hannawell of Birnamwood, was found unconscious and not breathing. Officials say he passed away at the scene as a result of injuries from the accident. An 18-year-old female passenger, identified as Lonnie Bierman of Antigo was not injured.

Sheriff Officials say speed does not appear to be a factor at this time, but the accident remains under investigation.   This kid was very-very reckless by driving at 1:20 am.  His facebook postings show his love for speeding and rough riding stunts.  He reached his final destination because of this.  

Birnamwood Fire and Ambulance and the Wisconsin DNR assisted at the scene.


TOWN OF ANIWA, Wis. (WBAY) - A 19-year-old man is dead after an ATV crash in the town of Aniwa Tuesday morning.

Shawano County Sheriff's Office got a 911 call about the accident at 1:20 a.m. It was located off the end of Killdeer Ln, one mile north of the village of Birnamwood, in the town of Aniwa.

Brock Hannawell was operating the ATV was found unconscious and not breathing and died on scene from his injuries.

The 18-year-old female passenger, Lonnie Bierman was not hurt.

According to the Shawano County Sheriff's Office, the accident is currently under investigation but speed does not appear to be a factor at this time.

Birnamwood Fire and Ambulance assisted the sheriff's office as well as the Wisconsin DNR.

Lonnie Bierman was uninjured