MPD releases new details regarding hit-and-run after it spurs protest

Published: Jun. 21, 2020 at 5:28 PM CDT
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Protesters took to the streets Sunday after a woman was hit by a pickup truck near University Ave. and Frances Street in the early morning hours.

Organizers said the demonstration was in response to the police using pepper spray in the incident to disperse the crowd as they tried to reach the victim. Protesters started at James Madison Park around 3:30 and marched to John Nolen Drive blocking traffic.

“There’s a lot of pain right now, there’s a lot of anger. I’m upset. What does it take for change to happen. We preach peace, we march in peace, we ask for peace, we ask for justice, but until something actually happens, nothing happens," said Sire with the What’s Next Forum.

Madison Police said the truck drove through a crowd near the University Avenue and Frances Street intersection at 2:25 a.m. and the driver left the area before police arrived.

According to the incident report, officers observed a crowd of 100 to 150 people in the street. As they tried to locate the victim they were surrounded by a highly 'agitated and aggressive' group as they tried to render aid. They used pepper spray to create space to allow paramedics to get to the scene and treat the victim.

MPD reports they arrived a minute after the call initially came in, and the ambulance arrived about six minutes after that. The victim was transported to the hospital for their injuries at 2:39 a.m., according to the report.

Madison Police say they are actively investigating the incident and are reviewing surveillance video to determine the truck driver's identity. They have not released if the incident was racially motivated.

Anyone with information on the incident should contact Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608- 266-6014, or, on the web at