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Hensel Killed, Passenger Injured in Oct. 9 Crash
Issue Date: October 24, 2019
Justin Hensel, age 34, of Suring, passed away at approximately 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9 due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Oconto County. Brittany D. Van Hecke, 31, year-old female, the other occupant of the vehicle, was taken by ambulance to Green Bay for treatment of her injuries. Reportedly neither had been wearing a seat belt.
According to Oconto County Sheriff's Department, at 5:53 a.m. on Wednesday the Emergency Dispatch Center was notified of the one vehicle accident on County M east of Neta Lane in the Town of Spruce. When deputies arrived they located a lone vehicle overturned in the north ditch, with Hensel pinned beneath it.
The SUV vehicle had been traveling east on CTH M prior to leaving the road and overturning in the ditch. Hensel died at the scene after being ejected.
Oconto County Sheriff's Department was assisted at the scene by the Lena Fire Department and the Oconto Falls Ambulance Service.
Oconto County Sheriff Todd Skarban expressed sympathy for the family and said in a news release that investigation is being conducted by the Oconto County Sheriff's Office, Wisconsin State Patrol and the Brown County Medical Examiner's Office. Reportedly authorities do not suspect alcohol or drug use was a factor in the crash.
Funeral services for Hensel were held Wednesday, October 16 at Swedberg Funeral Home in Shawano.
He moved with his family to Suring in 2006 and was employed as a carpenter. He is survived by his children, Justin Hensel, Jr. and Stephanie Hensel; his father, Ricky Hensel of Suring; two brothers, Jason (Ella) Hensel and Jeremy Hensel; two sisters, Barbara Ann Hensel and Jessica Hensel; his paternal grandmother, Betty Hensel of Shawano; and his maternal grandparents, Donald and Barbara Ann Jenkinson of Chicago.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Barbara Ann (Jenkinson) Hensel, and paternal grandfather, Ronald Hensel.