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Prosecutor: Evidence of drugs connected to Madison pedestrian’s death

UPDATE: The Dane County Medical Examiner has identified the person killed Monday night as Susan E. Johnson, 35, of Madison. Witness originally said the person was a man, but the medical examiner released positive identification today.

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MADISON (WKOW) – Authorities says there’s evidence of drug use by the driver who’s accused of fatally hitting a pedestrian on Madison’s Highway 12/18 at Millpond Road Monday night.

“There was evidence of THC usage,”  Assistant Dane County District Attorney William Brown said during a Monday court hearing for 37-year old Shuan Jones.

No criminal charges have been lodged against Jones, and he was released on a signature bond after Monday’s hearing.

“The way the crash occurred, the location in which it occurred, where different participants were at the time of the crash – it’s very complex and has everything to do with what charges will be issued,”  Brown says.

The crash took place on a stretch of highway with a 55 miles per hour speed limit near the Yahara Hills Golf Course.  Authorities have released no information as why the pedestrian would have been crossing the highway.

Dane County Court Commissioner Jason Hanson says an affidavit supporting Jones’s arrest and jailing is based on the tentative charges of misdemeanor resisting arrest, and felony driving while revoked causing death.  “This is a unique statute used very rarely under Wisconsin law,”  Brown says of the felony charge.  “We’ve had one situation I’m aware of, and I prosecuted that case,” says Brown.

That felony case involving the 2018 death of off-duty Lake Mills Fire Captain Chris Truman fell apart.

Truman was hit and killed by a 28-year old driver on the Belt Line as Truman helped a stranded motorist.  Brown says the felony charge was dropped because the driver never received notification from the state of his driver’s license revocation.

Brown says there’s question as to whether Jones has the same defense available to the driving while revoked causing death charge.  Brown also says testing includes determining if Jones was impaired, and whether a charge of homicide by intoxicated driving will be brought.

Hanson required Jones to be monitored by county officials to ensure he does not drive, drink alcohol or use illegal drugs as prosecutors consider whether to charge him.  But by Dec. 5, the monitoring will end, unless Dane County’s district attorney lodges charges against Jones, or convinces a magistrate more delay is acceptable.

 

 

 

Tony Galli

Reporter, WKOW

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