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Wisconsin woman's high-speed run from police ends fatally

Earlier this month, a 30-year-old Madison woman stole a 2003 Nissan Altima, and while driving on a suspended driver's license, proceeded to drive across Wisconsin leaving a series of accidents in her wake.

After being involved in a hit-and-run accident in Geneva, police say that the 30-year-old fled the scene driving along Route 38 "at speeds in excess of 100 mph." An officer says that he attempted to stop her but ended his pursuit shortly after she took off at a high rate of speed.

Along the road, witnesses described her driving as reckless, passing numerous vehicles as she travelled westbound. Some critics say that the events that unfolded next likely could have been prevented had police continued their pursuit, their sirens warning other motorists of the dangers this driver presented.

According to police, just before 9 pm, the Altima then crossed over into the eastbound lane where it smashed head on with another vehicle being driven by an 18-year-old boy. The Altima then skid back into the westbound lane where it rear ended a car driven by a 48-year-old woman. The impact from the Altima sent this car into oncoming traffic travelling eastbound where it then collided with another vehicle.

Because of the 30-year-old woman's negligence, two people lost their lives-including her own-and two other people were seriously injured. Some people in the community feel that had police continued the pursuit of her vehicle, the wrongful death of the 18-year-old boy and the injuries of the passengers in the other vehicles could have been prevented.

Source: ThePatch.com, "2 Dead, 2 Injured in Campton Hills Crash Involving Stolen Vehicle," Ted Schnell, Dec. 2, 2012

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