Peoria man in critical condition after accident in Wisconsin

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    Kelly Needham, 21, was air-lifted to a nearby hospital where he remains in critical condition.

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August 14, 2012 Updated Aug 14, 2012 at 8:19 PM CDT

MINOCQUA, Wis. -- A Peoria man is in critical condition after a fatal car accident on Monday.

That accident took place in Minocqua,Wisconsin around 2 p.m.

According to Wisconsin police, an SUV and flat bed truck collided.

Two 21-year-old Peoria men-- Kelly Needham and his friend Jake Pearl-- were in the SUV.

Needham was air-lifted to a nearby hospital, where he remains in critical condition. Pearl was treated and released from a different medical center.

Police say the truck driver, 50-year-old Robert Lemmer, was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to reports, there is a dangerous, blind curve at that intersection.

Police say no witnesses were present at the time, and the accident remains under investigation.

Friends of Jake Pearl confirm his family regularly vacations in Minocqua.

You can send gifts and free greetings to Timothy "Kelly" Needham, through the Aspirus Wausau Hospital website at:

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