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Police believe fatal accident caused by 'medical event'

April 21, 2009

As of press deadline April 21, River Hills police were awaiting the results of an autopsy on a 72-year-old River Hills man involved in a fatal traffic accident April 18.

Robert Litzow lost control of his vehicle and hit a 47-year-old Glendale man and his dog, killing both the man and dog.

"We believe it was some type of medical event" that caused Litzow to lose control, River Hills Police Chief Thomas Rischmann said.

Preliminary autopsy results note Litzow had marked blockage of the arteries supplying blood to the heart and high blood pressure, which may have been a factor in the accident, the Medical Examiner's Office concluded April 20.

According to a River Hills police report, Michael Richter, a family medicine physician, apparently was hit near the curb at the southwest corner of Green Tree and Elm Tree roads about 10:40 a.m. April 18.

Litzow had been traveling west and apparently crossed into the eastbound lane of Green Tree when he struck Richter and the dog. The impact threw Richter onto the hood of the car, which left the road and hit a tree. The distance was 330 feet from the point of impact to where the vehicle hit the tree, the Wisconsin State Patrol estimated.

- Jane Ford-Stewart,

Staff Writer

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