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McFarland mom killed helping ducklings cross Highway 30

Posted on June 28, 2016 4:18 pm under Pedestrian Accident

After trying to help baby ducklings cross a busy Madison highway, a McFarland mother was hit and killed by a car. “You know because of baby ducks, she is no longer with us,” said Madison Police Spokesman Joel DeSpain.

The 45-year-old mother was with her two kids in the car when she got out to help the ducklings. “Tragically, there was a motorist who didn’t see her and struck her,” DeSpain said. Dane County Communications say they had more than a dozen 911 calls about the fatality. “Call police or State Patrol if you need to, but just stay in your vehicle, don’t stop in the middle of traffic. Getting out for these water fowl is dangerous,” DeSpain said. It’s hatching season and according to Sauk County DNR Wildlife Biologist Nancy Frost, “They like to be in the water and unfortunately, the road is in the way of the two water sources.”

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