Driver arrested after deadly wreck on Madison’s west side

A man died early Tuesday morning after being struck by a vehicle whose driver was allegedly intoxicated at the time, the Madison Police Department reported.
Published: Jun. 7, 2022 at 5:21 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 7, 2022 at 9:34 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - A man died early Tuesday morning after being struck by a vehicle whose driver was allegedly intoxicated at the time, the Madison Police Department reported.

The rider, whose name has not been released, was pronounced dead at the scene, MPD Lt. Tony Fiore detailed in an update. He explained officers were called around 4 a.m. to the intersection of Mineral Point Road and S. High Point Road, where they found the rider, whom Fiore described as a man in his 30s.

Investigators did not indicate how the crash between the vehicle and the rider, who was on a battery-assisted bicycle at the time.

Fiore said the driver, a 42-year-old woman has been taken into custody to be booked on a count of homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle.

“Certainly we believe alcohol to be a factor in this crash, but we’re continuing to investigate and we hope to release more details on the crash later today,” said MPD Lt. Tony Fiore.

The Madison Common Council formally declared June 5-11 as Bike Week during its meeting Tuesday. Madison Bikes representative Eleanor Conrad acknowledged the severity of the crash and said safety for bikers is something the city still needs to work toward.

“We have seen great progress in our city and we appreciate all of the support for safe and comfortable biking that we’ve seen from city staff and from you the common council,” Conrad said. “However the killing of another cyclist on Madison’s west side this morning demonstrates that there is still much work to be done to make Madison a safe place for all people to bike.”

In its initial report, the police department warned drivers that all westbound lanes of Mineral Point Road will likely be closed from Ganser to Westward for several hours as its crews investigate the crash. One eastbound lane has been reopened, but the report cautioned that drivers should expect delays.

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