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Deputy warned driver hour before Antigo fatal crash

New details are surfacing about Monday's deadly crash in Antigo.

The Langlade County Sheriff tells Newsline 9 deputies warned the driver about driving recklessly, just an hour before the crash that took his life.

Investigators say 18-year-old Jeffrey Smith died after driving through an intersection on Hill Rd. and Highway 64. One of his four passengers, 18-year old Jacob Arrowood was also killed.

Just after 6 p.m. on Monday, a woman called 911 because she was concerned about a reckless driver.

The sheriff's department says it was the same car that was involved in the crash less than an hour later.

In the 911 call, the woman said the car was speeding from the Antigo Walmart weaving through traffic.

The Langlade Co. Sheriff's Department tracked the car's license plate to the driver's home.

Authorities say around 6:30 p.m. a deputy went to the house and warned Jeffrey Smith about his driving. Just a half hour later, the sheriff says deputies responded to the two-vehicle crash.

"The problem I've seen for years and years is that, unfortunately, teenagers that are 16, 17, 18 and 19-years-old don't have the life experiences to sometimes realize the potential consequences of their acts." said Bill Greening, Langlade Co. Sheriff.

Authorities continue to investigate the crash. They say toxicology results could bring more information. Those results won't be available for a few more weeks.

The Langlade County Sheriff tells Newsline 9 two of the passengers are still in critical condition. The occupants of the other vehicle were treated and released.

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