Fleeing driver crashes, killing 1 and injuring another

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WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. (AP) — A driver fled from a traffic stop and crashed, killing one passenger and injuring another in Sauk County, sheriff’s officials said.

According to authorities, a deputy pulled the driver over for a traffic violation about 2:20 a.m. near Wisconsin Dells. As the deputy was walking up to the vehicle, the male driver fled east on Highway T.

Sauk County Sheriff Chip Meister said in a statement that the deputy did not pursue the driver and stayed on the scene for several minutes while he radioed in the fleeing vehicle.

As the deputy drove away he found the vehicle had crashed on a curve and overturned a short distance away, the State Journal reported.

“The deputy located one passenger who had been ejected, several feet from the vehicle, severely injured, another passenger, also ejected and who was partially pinned under the vehicle, was deceased,” Meister said.

The driver fled the crash on foot. The surviving passenger was taken by air to a Madison hospital.

About 9:30 a.m., a resident reported a suspicious person who had come to his house for help. Deputies responded, identified the person as the driver and arrested him.

The Wisconsin State Patrol is handling the investigation.

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