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Madison Officer’s Wife Killed By Vehicle As Couple Walked Bike Path

Sun Prairie, WI – The wife of a Madison police officer was killed on Monday afternoon when two vehicles crashed into the couple as they were walking on a bike path.

The incident occurred on at about 3:35 p.m. on Nov. 23 when the off-duty officer and her wife were walking on a bike path near the intersection of East Main Street and Whitetail Drive in Sun Prairie, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.

Sun Prairie Police Lieutenant Kevin Konopacki said the women were walking well off the road when they were struck by one of two vehicles involved in a wreck at the intersection.

Four ambulances were asked to respond to the scene, WKOW reported.

Lt. Konopacki said the Madison police officer’s wife died at the scene of the crash, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.

The lieutenant said that someone in one of the vehicles involved in the wreck was also seriously injured.

Lt. Konopacki said officers arrested one of the drivers involved in the crash for misdemeanor bail jumping, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.

He said 32-year-old James Blackstone was taken into custody at the scene.

Lt. Konopacki wouldn’t release the names of the other people involved in the wreck, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.

He said that Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office was expected to release the name of the woman who was killed later on Wednesday.

Madison Police Spokesman Joel DeSpain confirmed that one of the department’s officers had been involved in the crash; however, they have not released the officer’s name, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.

DeSpain called the tragedy a “very difficult day” for the Madison Police Department.

Lt. Konopacki said the crash remained under investigation, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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