Three dead in Manitowoc County crash

Their car went off the road at a T-intersection at Highway 67 and crashed into a pole barn
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Published: Sep. 7, 2023 at 9:43 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 13, 2023 at 2:38 PM CDT
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EATON, Wis. (WBAY) - All three people in a car were killed Wednesday night when their car went off the road and collided with a pole barn in Manitowoc County’s Eaton township.

The sheriff’s office, EMS and firefighters were dispatched to State Highway 67 and County Highway C at about 7:50 p.m. by an emergency call.

First responders found the male driver and both passengers, a male and a female, were dead. Later, on September 13, the Manitowoc Sheriff’s Office released their names: the operator has been identified as 38-year-old Juan Carlos Rodriguez Solorzano. The front seat passenger has been identified as 35-year-old Yonayra Liliana Ortiz Centeno. The rear seat passenger has been identified as 22-year-old Edwin Mariano Espinal Navarro. All three individuals were from the Village of Hilbert.

The Wisconsin State Patrol is reconstructing the crash, but the preliminary investigation shows the 2007 Chevy Cobalt was going west on County C and ran a stop sign where there’s a T intersection with Highway 67. The Cobalt went through the intersection, into a ditch, and hit the barn.

Kiel police and fire departments, St. Nazianz Fire Department and First Responders, Valders Fire Department and Ambulance, the Wisconsin State Patrol, the Manitowoc County Coroner’s Office and other agencies responded to the crash scene or are assisting with the investigation.

If anyone has information that could help crash investigators, call Detective Radke at (920) 683-4217 or email You can also call Crime Stoppers at (920) 683-4466 or use the P3 mobile phone app to provide information anonymously.