First county traffic death of '84 Monday
The Whitehall Times - Thursday, May 24, 1984
An Osseo man became Trempealeau County's first traffic
fatality of 1984 early Monday morning, the victim of a one-car
Jonathan Thunder, 19, drowned in his late-model Oldsmobile
about 12:30 a.m. that day when it plunged into an irrigation
pond near the intersection of Cty. H, near Hwy. 53.
Thunder was pronounced dead at the scene by County Coroner Larry
According to eyewitnesses, Thunder was driving at a high rate
of speed on Cty. H and failed to stop at the stop sign at Hwy
53. His auto struck a bank and slid into an irrigation
pond just off the highway, sinking into about 12 feet of water.
Trempealeau County Sheriff's deputies, Osseo city policemen
and the Osseo Volunteer Fire Department were called to the
scene. It took about an hour to recover the Thunder
vehicle, with the driver's body still in it, from the pond.