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Rivalry in Manitowoc County escalates to a fatal crash

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Shawn Lischka
Shawn Lischka

MANITOWOC, WI (WTAQ) - Two Rivers police say a 19-year-old man is dead after his vehicle was sideswiped by another vehicle stemming from a rivalry.

Police say this could have all been avoided if someone took the higher road.

Cops say it all started around 10 p.m. Tuesday on S. 18th St. in Manitowoc. It ended with a crash on Highway 42 in Two Rivers.

Police say 22-year-old Shawn Lischka was behind the wheel, when he sideswiped the vehicle driven by Eric Neuman. Neuman lost control, spun and hit the guardrail. Police say Neuman was ejected from the vehicle and died.

Authorities say Lischka was later arrested at his Manitowoc home.

"We charged him with hit and run causing a death, as well as homicide by negligent operation of a motor vehicle," says Two Rivers Police Chief Joseph Collins, who called it a highly unusual event. "We have some issues with different people having disagreements that lead to confrontations, but never to this type of conclusion."

Lischka has yet to be formally charged. In court Wednesday, a judge set his bond at $5,000.

Manitowoc County court set bond at $5,000.

A 16-year-old boy in the vehicle with Neuman suffered minor head injuries. The other two men in that vehicle are said to be alright. 

Police say alcohol and drugs played a role in the incident. 

Lischka is due back in court next week.

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