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Car crashes into building on Willy St. in Madison

Following the crash, Lance Lattimer with the Marquette Neighborhood Association, demanded city officials to conduct a traffic review of the street.
Published: Jun. 20, 2022 at 12:11 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 20, 2022 at 8:56 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - The driver of the vehicle that collided with a building on Williamson Street in downtown Madison suffered a medical incident prior to the wreck, police reported Monday.

Authorities blocked off the road from Ingersoll Street to Brearly Street, after the incident, which happened around 11 a.m., Dane Co. dispatch confirmed to NBC15 news.

Images from the store showed the front door and front windows on one side of Willy Street Treasure Shop were damaged. The vehicle also suffered significant front end damage.

In an update from the Madison Police Department, it stated that the driver had a minor cut from the crash. No other injuries were reported.

MPD noted that the driver was cited for traffic violations related to the crash and did not show any signs of impairment.

The 1000 block of Williamson St., between Ingersoll and Brearly, in Madison, is down to one...
The 1000 block of Williamson St., between Ingersoll and Brearly, in Madison, is down to one outbound lane after a vehicle struck a store.(WMTV/Curt Lenz)

City of Madison Building Inspection employees responded the scene of the wreck in order to access damage. There were no estimates given as to how much damage was caused to the business.

Neighborhood concerns with repeat of car-versus-building crash

Following the crash, Lance Lattimer with the Marquette Neighborhood Association, demanded city officials to conduct a traffic review of the street.

“It’s been clear for quite a few years that these aren’t one-off accidents. It’s a pattern. It’s something that might be able to be solved by aggressive city action,” Lattimer said.

He named four other car-versus-building crashes on the street since 2016, including one at Mother Fools Coffehouse.

“It’s pretty traumatic. I thought our business was over,” co-owner Jon Hain recalled. Even before the 2016 crash into the store’s entryway, Hain said the building had been hit by cars two other times.

He said, “It’s gotten worse. [Cars] just keep getting faster and faster. They’ve made some improvements to slow things down. But it seems like maybe the volume of traffic is more. It seems like it keeps getting more and more dangerous. It’s evident when businesses keep getting hit by cars.”

Madison Police declined an interview regarding a response to demands for a traffic review, due to staffing reasons. NBC15 also left a message with the mayor’s office, closed Monday for the holiday.

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