No Charges Filed Against Driver Who Struck Teen on Side of Highway
WASHINGTON COUNTY - On February 15, 2016, at approximately 12:38 p.m. Washington County Sheriff’s Deputies and members of the Sheriff’s Accident Reconstruction Unit responded to a vehicle versus pedestrian crash that occurred on USH 45 northbound at the Chestnut St. overpass in the City of West Bend. With the recent return of toxicology results from the striking driver, our investigation has been concluded.
The investigation revealed that operator impairment, speed, and cell phone manipulation were not factors in this crash. The operator of the striking vehicle was northbound on USH 45 travelling in the right (slow) lane. As the operator approached the Chestnut St. overpass, he did observe a pedestrian standing next to a vehicle that was parked along the east shoulder of the highway. The operator attempted to move into the left (fast) lane, but was prevented from doing so by another vehicle already occupying this lane. After which and for reasons that remain unknown, the operator briefly crossed over the east fog line, and fatally struck the pedestrian. After the crash, the operator of the striking vehicle remained on scene and cooperated with investigative efforts.
In consultation with the Washington County District Attorney’s Office, no criminal charges will be filed in this matter. However, the operator of the striking vehicle will be issued a Wisconsin Uniform Traffic Citation for Unsafe Lane Deviation.