The Vernon County Sheriff’s Office 9-1-1 Dispatch Center received a report of a motorcycle crash on Dutch Hollow Road in rural La Farge (town of Whitestown) at about 6:15 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22. 

A group of two motorcycles were traveling west when the operator in the lead suddenly stopped to avoid an object thrown into the roadway by a juvenile.  

While attempting to stop the second motorcyclist, Caridad “Cari” Faye Gonzales, 23, of Hillsboro went over the handlebars and came to rest beneath the motorcycle.  Although Gonzales was injured, the high level of safety equipment and clothing was credited for minimizing the severity of the injuries.  

La Farge Area Ambulance transported Gonzales to Vernon Memorial Healthcare. She was treated and released with follow-up care at Gundersen St. Joseph’s in Hillsboro later in the week.  

Sheriff Torgerson spoke with Gonzales, and she hopes her story will encourage other motorcyclists to wear helmets, eye protection, and protective clothing.

The La Fazrge Fire Department and the La Farge Area Ambulance assisted the sheriff’s office at the scene. 

The juvenile matter will be referred to the Vernon County Department of Human Services.

The incident remains under investigation.