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Ellsworth grad killed in motorcycle crash

A 2007 Ellsworth High School graduate died early Friday when the motorcycle he was riding crashed in the Village of Lake Hallie, Wis.

Matt Seibel, 21, was riding his motorcycle on Highway 29 when it left the road while negotiating a curve, according to Lake Hallie Police Chief Cal D. Smokowicz. It then struck two metal reflective highway marker posts before overturning.

Seibel was found lying on the right-hand paved shoulder, while the motorcycle was located in the tall grass of the ditch. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Chippewa County coroner.

Lake Hallie Police were notified of the accident at 12:59 a.m.

Smokowicz said it rained earlier in the evening, but at the time of the accident the road was damp, but not wet. He added the speed limit in the area was 65 miles per hour and motorcycle damage indicates the accident occurred at a high speed. Eye protection was located, but a helmet wasn't.

Seibel is a 2007 graduate of Ellsworth High School, who was living in the City of Eau Claire, while he was attending school. He is the son of Joe and Sharon, who own J & S Machine.

Tentative arrangements are a June 20 visitation at Our Savior's Lutheran Church and the funeral the following day in Bloomer.

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