The driver of one of the many pedestrian victims this year on East Washington Avenue was driving 75 mph – 35 mph over the speed limit for that area – a second before hitting the man, according to a search warrant unsealed Wednesday.

The search warrant, filed with Dane County Circuit Court, says the 25-year-old driver from Sun Prairie, who worked for the DoorDash food delivery service, was driving her 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer SUV at 66 mph five seconds before hitting Ashley C Taylor, 37, of Madison, on April 3.

The Trailblazer’s speed increased to 75 mph a second before Taylor was struck. Taylor died at the scene.

The posted speed limit for this part of East Washington Avenue is 40 mph.

The Trailblazer driver is not identified by the Wisconsin State Journal as she was not arrested or charged with a felony for the incident. The search warrant was originally filed under seal on May 10 and sought evidence that could support the crime of second degree reckless manslaughter.

District attorney Ismael Ozanne said his office had not received a referral.

“I think the test results are still pending and once received the case will likely be sent for review,” Ozanne said.

The accident happened at around 9:40 p.m. near the intersection of East Washington Avenue and Mendota Street on the Far East Side of Madison. The driver told police she was heading east on East Washington Avenue and had a green light on Mendota Street when she heard something hit her car, the search warrant said.


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