Twin Lakes Police lieutenant dies in off duty crash

TLPD Lt. Jeffrey Kreft/ Twin Lakes Police Department photo

TLPD Lt. Jeffrey Kreft/ Twin Lakes Police Department photo

Twin Lakes Police Lt. Jeffrey Kreft died as the result of a crash this morning in Walworth County.

Kreft was 36.

According to a joint press release from the TLPD and Walworth County Sherrif’s Department, Kreft was heading home after his shift in Twin Lakes when his vehicle was struck by a truck that crossed the center line on Highway 120 in Lyons. The other driver, who is 16, was treated for injuries at a local hospital and released. The crash is under investigation.

Kreft was sworn in as the newest TLPD lieutenant on May 7. He had been a TLPD officer since 2007.

Here is some additional details from the joint press release:

Lieutenant Kreft was on his way home following his shift at TLPD. Initial investigation at the scene revealed the following: A 1998 Ford F-150 truck, operated by a 16 year old male, was traveling southbound on Hwy 120. The driver crossed the center line and entered the lane of traffic occupied by a northbound 1998 Saturn, operated by Kreft. The two vehicles struck nearly head on in the northbound lane and Kreft sustained critical injuries in the crash. He succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at 7:12am. The driver of the truck suffered a broken foot and was released from an area hospital. Both vehicles sustained major damage in this crash. The drivers were the sole occupants in both vehicles. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts. The Walworth County Crash Investigation Unit was summoned to the scene and the road was shut down for about four hours during this time. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Wisconsin State Patrol and The Lake Geneva Police Department. This crash investigation is open and will be reviewed by the Walworth County District Attorney’s Office when completed. No citations or charges have been issued at this time.”

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  1. Karen Mahoney says:

    This is so unbelievably sad. I am so sorry for Jeff, his family and the TLPD and will keep them all in my prayers

  2. Debbie says:

    So very sad! My thoughts and prayers will be with Lt. Kreft family and the TLPD.

  3. Handley family says:

    Prayers for the families involved.

  4. Jen says:

    I am praying daily for Lt. Kreft and his family. These prayers will be ongoing. Please pray that the 16 year old child will learn to forgive himself and heal and grow to contribute to our society.

  5. Renee Menini says:

    He will be greatly missed. Sorry for the loss to the family and and town

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