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MPD: Truck drives through crowd in downtown Madison, demonstrators take to street in protest

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- Police released new information late Sunday about the hit and run that led to hours of protest in Madison, saying most of the crash and response was captured on city cameras.

Police say a 911 call came in just before 2:30 a.m. Sunday reporting the hit and run. Officers saw a crowd of 100-150 people in the street when they arrived. As they tried to find the victim, they say they were surrounded. Officers helped witnesses carry the victim across the street, according to police, but as they tried to help her they were surrounded by a "highly agitated and aggressive group."

Police say officers used pepper spray to try to move the crowd back from the victim, to allow paramedics in to treat her. Other agencies also came in to help control the crowd.

In an updated incident report, police said the fire department's ambulance arrived eight minutes after the first 911 call, six minutes after the first police officers arrived. The victim was transported from the site of the incident at about 2:39 a.m., according to police. The first 911 call came in at 2:26 a.m.

If anyone has information on this incident, police ask you to contact Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 266-6014 or on the web at


UPDATE (WKOW) -- Police say they're working promising leads in this investigation right now and will release more information as it becomes available.

Officials clarified in a Saturday afternoon update to an incident report that early reports from witnesses misidentified the driver as an employee of Wando's Bar and Grill. Police say at this time, there is nothing to suggest the driver of the pickup truck has any connection to the bar.


MADISON (WKOW) -- The Madison Police Department is investigating after a truck drove through a crowd of people overnight, sending one person to the hospital.

At about 2:25 a.m. Sunday, officers were called to North Frances and University Avenue.

When they arrived they found a large group of people in the street and one person who had been hit by the truck. Police said that the group of people were not protesters.

MPD said officers had to deal with several "uncooperative individuals" as they worked to help the victim. That person was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

The suspect drove away before police got there.

Officers are now reviewing traffic cameras and leads as they try to identify the driver or the truck.

If you have information about this crime you are asked to call police at (608) 266-6014.

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