James Shearer Death, a Hammond resident and Leedstone employee, was one of the two victims who died in a horrific multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 94 in Wisconsin on October 23, 2023. The accident, which involved seven vehicles and caused a massive fire, also injured six other people. The cause of the crash is still under investigation by the Wisconsin State Patrol.
Who was James Shearer?
James Shearer was a beloved member of the Hammond community, where he lived for a long time. He graduated from UWBC and worked at Leedstone, a company that provides animal health products and services. He was also an avid wrestler in his younger days and had many friends who remembered him fondly.
According to his social media profiles, James Shearer loved nature, animals, music, and sports. He often shared photos and videos of his adventures with his family and friends. He also expressed his opinions on various topics and showed his support for various causes.
James Shearer was described by those who knew him as a kind, generous, funny, and loyal person. He was always ready to help others and make them smile. He touched many lives with his positive attitude and warm personality.
How did James Shearer die?
James Shearer died in a tragic accident that occurred on Interstate 94 near Wilson at around 5:40 p.m. on October 23, 2023. According to the Wisconsin State Patrol, the accident was caused by a semi-truck driver who failed to recognize the slowed traffic ahead due to construction work. The semi-truck collided with a Ford F-150, which James Shearer was driving, and another semi-truck. The impact triggered a chain reaction that involved four more vehicles and resulted in a huge fire.
James Shearer and the semi-truck driver who hit him were both pronounced dead at the scene. Six other people were injured and taken to hospitals for treatment. The interstate and the Highway 128 overpass were closed for several hours as authorities cleared the debris and investigated the crash.
How did the Hammond community react to James Shearer’s death?
The news of James Shearer’s death shocked and saddened the Hammond community, where he was well-known and respected. Many people took to social media platforms to express their grief and condolences to his family. They also shared their memories and tributes of James Shearer, highlighting his achievements, passions, and personality.
Some of the messages that were posted online are:
- “James M. Shearer Prayers to his family and friends. Remembering the wrestling days. Say hi to our friends up there. Gone too soon.”
- “Rest in peace James Shearer. You were a great friend and coworker. You will be missed by many.”
- “I am heartbroken to hear about James Shearer’s passing. He was such a nice guy and always had a smile on his face. He loved his family and animals so much. My thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones.”
- “James Shearer was one of the best people I ever met. He was always there for me when I needed him. He had a great sense of humor and a big heart. I will never forget him.”
The Hammond community also organized a candlelight vigil for James Shearer on October 25, 2023, at the Hammond Park. Hundreds of people attended the event to honor his life and legacy.
Q: When is James Shearer’s funeral?
A: James Shearer’s funeral service will be held on October 28, 2023, at 11:00 a.m., at the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Hammond. The visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., at the same location.
Q: How can I support James Shearer’s family?
A: A GoFundMe page has been set up by James Shearer’s family to help cover the funeral expenses and other costs. You can donate to the page [here]. You can also send flowers, cards, or messages of sympathy to the family’s address.
Q: How can I prevent such accidents from happening?
A: The Wisconsin State Patrol advises drivers to follow these safety tips when driving on highways:
- Always wear your seat belt.
- Avoid distractions such as texting or talking on the phone.
- Maintain a safe distance from other vehicles.
- Obey the speed limit and traffic signs.
- Be alert and aware of your surroundings.
- Slow down and move over for emergency vehicles.