MENOMONIE — A University of Wisconsin-Stout student who was assaulted before a bike crash on Sept. 18 died Thursday afternoon as a result of serious head injuries. Two have been arrested in connection with the death.
Bradley L. Simon, 22, of Waunakee, was pronounced dead at 2:54 p.m. at Luther Midelfort Hospital by Dunn County Medical Examiner Chris Kruse, according to the Menomonie Police Department.
UW-Stout students Jedidiah McGlasson, 21, and Jared Britton, 23, have been arrested in connection with his death. McGlasson was taken into custody for felony murder, and Britton was arrested for being a party to the crime of felony murder. They will appear for a bond hearing at 1:15 p.m. Friday in Dunn County Circuit Court. More arrests may come.
According to police, the Sept. 18 incident started with a verbal altercation inside the Log Jam Tavern, 709 S. Broadway St., Menomonie. Simon, McGlasson, Britton and other bar patrons were involved.
Those arguing were separated by Log Jam employees, and many of the bar’s patrons, including McGlasson and Britton, then left out the front door and congregated outside the tavern.
Simon left the Log Jam from the rear door, and he was seen riding a bicycle eastbound on Main Street toward South Broadway Street. McGlasson and Britton confronted Simon and assaulted him, causing the bicycle Simon was riding to crash into a concrete wall. Simon flew over the bike’s handlebars and struck his head on the wall. He sustained severe head injuries and was transported by helicopter to Luther Midelfort Hospital.
McGlasson and Britton had left the scene before police or medical crews could respond.
McGlasson, 2905 Edgewood Drive Apt. 3, Menomonie, is a freshman originally from Kenai, Alaska. He was recruited to play on the university’s hockey team and is majoring in engineering technology, according to a statement from UW-Stout Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen.
Britton, 3027 Timber Terrace No. 3, Menomonie, is a senior from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. The manufacturing engineering student has played hockey for Stout for three years.
Sorensen said he has instructed the dean of students to take disciplinary action in the case and vowed to continue to work against high risk alcohol use.
“I was severely disappointed today to hear about the alleged behavior that led to the charges brought against two UW-Stout students, one who has played for our hockey team for three years and one who was recruited to play for the team,” he said.
The Menomonie Police Department is working closely with the University of Wisconsin-Stout and the Dunn County District Attorney’s Office to complete the investigation.
The department is asking people to keep in mind the presumption of innocence before defendants are proven guilty. If anyone has any more information on the incident, they are asked to e-mail Investigator David Pellett at email@example.com.
Simon’s CaringBridge website had this update at 3:05 p.m. Thursday, “Today at 2:47pm Bradley lost the battle of his life. His organs will live on and help others fight their battles. We thank you all for your love, prayers and support during this time and will need it in the days to come. We love you Brad and you will be in our hearts and minds forever.”