Written by Ozaukee Press
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 18:08
Tuesday accident claims life of Mequon resident who authorities say was struck by passing vehicle
A woman who was killed on I-43 Tuesday morning was standing next to her vehicle on the right shoulder along the northbound lanes in the Town of Grafton when she was struck by a passing vehicle, according to Sgt. Cedric Rembert from the Wisconsin State Patrol.
Investigators were still working Wednesday to determine why the woman had stopped her car south of Highway 60 and was standing next to it when the accident occurred at 11:15 a.m.
Authorities had not released the woman’s name or age by late Wednesday morning, but Lt. Christy Knowles of the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Department said she was a Mequon resident.
Ozaukee County Chief Deputy Coroner Tim Deppisch said the woman died instantly.
The man whose vehicle hit the woman stopped, was the first person to call 911 and is cooperating with the investigation, authorities said.
The State Patrol is continuing its investigation, which will include a toxicology test of the victim’s blood, Rembert said.
Investigators have interviewed several witnesses and are looking for other people who saw the incident. They are asked to call the State Patrol at (262) 785-4700.
Both northbound lanes of I-43 were shut down at Pioneer Road for approximately two hours, causing a nearly three-mile backup.
The left lane of southbound traffic on I-43 was shut down for a short time, Knowles said.
The Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Department, Mequon Police Department and Grafton and Thiensville fire and rescue units assisted the State Patrol.