UPDATE: Claim Filed by Parents of Woman Killed in Park

UPDATED: Friday, September 21, 2012 --- 4:48p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The parents and estate of a woman run over and killed by a city parks truck have filed a claim against Madison and some city employees.

The claims seek a total of $750,000 in the death of Karen Remington. The 38-year-old Windsor woman was sunbathing in James Madison Park May 23 when she was run over by the parks truck. She died at University Hospital on June 1.

The State Journal says the claims by Ron and Rose Remington and the woman's estate name the city, the parks director, the driver and two other workers in the truck, as well as the supervisor of those employees.

The claims are often a precursor to a lawsuit.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


UPDATED Monday, June 4, 2012 --- 12:10 p.m.

The Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office is confirming the death of the woman who was run over by a vehicle at the James Madison Park in Madison on May 23, 2012.

The female died on June 1, 2012 at the University of Wisconsin Hospital. The female is identified as:

Karen Remington
Windsor, WI

A forensic autopsy was completed on 06-02-12 at the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office. Preliminary autopsy results indicate that Ms. Remington’s death is the result of complications from the injuries she received in the motor vehicle injury accident at the park. Additional testing is underway.

This case remains under investigation by the City of Madison Police and the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office

Here is the obituary for Karen Remington:

Karen Janel Remington, age 38, of Windsor, WI. passed away suddenly on Friday evening, June 1, 2012, at UW Hospital in Madison from complications after a tragic accident.

Karen was born July 5, 1973 in Stoughton, WI to Ron and Rose (Cunningham) Remington. She graduated from New Lisbon High School and Blackhawk Technical College. Karen was a Paralegal at Coyne, Schultz, Becker and Bauer, S.C. and also worked at Bed Bath and Beyond, both in Madison.

Karen loved spending time with her family, boyfriend and friends. She loved being at her relative’s farms hiking, 4-wheeling, and hunting for morel mushrooms. She enjoyed being the fun aunt for her nieces and nephews and always spoiled them with goodies. She also loved her cats Azrael, Alaska, and Storm, who meant the world to her.

She enjoyed hot summer days, playing the piano, plants, reading, WI sports teams, and any adventure of traveling. She was very fashionable and loved shopping and rummaging. Karen was a wiz at all trivia games and enjoyed learning about history.

She collected angels and cherubs and found peace in knowing that her guardian angels were always with her.

Karen is survived by her parents Ron and Rose Remington of New Lisbon; siblings Karla (Brett) Ellis of Omro, Mark (Kristen) Remington of Green Bay, Jill (Fayne) Peck of Eau Claire; nieces and nephews Hunter and Garrett Ellis, Emery, Olivia and Mira Peck, and Becket Remington. She is also survived by her grandmother Bessie Remington, her boyfriend Brian Campbell, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends. She is preceded in death by her grandparents; Keith Remington and Marvin and Lucy Cunningham.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday June 6, 2012 at 11:30am at St. Paul’s Catholic Church (408 W. River St.) in New Lisbon, WI, with Fr. George Nelson Graham presiding. Relatives and friends may call at the church on Wednesday from 9:00 till the 11:30am time of service. Burial will be in the St. Paul’s Catholic Cemetery. The Hare Funeral Home in New Lisbon is assisting the family with services. Online condolences available at www.harefuneralhome.com


UPDATED Saturday, June 2, 2012 --- 11:55 a.m.

Update from the Madison Police Department:

The Madison Police Department received a call from the Dane County Medical Examiner’s office last night indicating the woman injured at James Madison Park had passed away.

The initial information following the accident was that she had suffered non life-threatening injuries, but her condition changed.

An autopsy will be conducted today.

It will be up to the Medical Examiner’s office to release the woman’s name and the cause of death.

The accident remains under investigation.


UPDATED Wednesday, May 23, 2012 --- 4:26 p.m.

Incident Report from the Madison Police Department:

Incident Type:
Accident - Injury

Incident Date:
05/23/2012 - 12:01 PM

James Madison Park (314 E. Gorham St.)

Female, age 38
Victim suffered non life-threatening injuries.

Details: A 38-year old sunbather was taken to a hospital shortly after noon after being struck by a City of Madison truck at James Madison Park, 314 E. Gorham St. The truck was delivering bark and was operating on a grassy area of the park. The victim suffered non life-threatening injuries. The accident is under investigation.


UPDATED: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 --- 4:04p.m.

Release from Madison Parks:

Earlier this afternoon a young woman was injured at James Madison Park by a city truck driven a Madison Parks employee. The employee was delivering bark mulch for a maintenance project. In a statement from Mayor Paul Soglin and Parks Superintendent Kevin Briski: “Our hearts go out to the young woman who was injured this afternoon at James Madison Park as well as to the Parks employee driving the truck.”

Madison Parks staff is cooperating fully with the Madison Police’s ongoing investigation of this accident. As is the protocol after any accident, staff will review all safety protocols when doing maintenance projects in a park. Madison Parks will not be commenting further until its investigation is complete.


UPDATED Wednesday, May 23, 2012 --- 1:05 p.m.

A witness tells NBC15's Barclay Pollak that the woman who was run over had visible injuries on her back.


Posted Wednesday, May 23, 21012 --- 12:53 p.m.

Authorities say a woman is in the hospital after being run over by a truck at James Madison Park.

At this time authorities can't give many details, but say the woman was taken to UW-Hospital.

We have a crew at the scene, and will bring you more information as it becomes available.

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