An investigation has been concluded on a vehicle versus pedestrian crash that occurred on February 15, 2016, at 12:38 p.m. at the Chestnut St. overpass in the City of West Bend. The examination of the crash showed that OWI, speed, or cell phone distraction were not factors in this crash. The driver of the vehicle was northbound on USH 45 going in the right lane. As he reached the Chestnut St. overpass, he did observe a pedestrian standing next to a vehicle that was parked along the east shoulder of the highway. The driver attempted to move into the left (fast)
The driver of the vehicle involved was northbound on USH 45 in the right lane and he said he did acknowledge the pedestrian outside a vehicle parked on the right shoulder near the Chestnut St. overpass. The driver did make an attempt to move out of the right lane, but another vehicle was traveling alongside him in the other lane. For reasons that remain unknown, the driver briefly passed into the shoulder and hit the pedestrian, killing him. The driver remained on the scene following the accident and was cooperative.
No charges have been filed against the driver at the advice of the Washinton County District Attorney’s Office, though he will be issued a citation for his lane departure.
Our thoughts with Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® go out to the unidentified victim and his loved ones. It’s always safest to pass pedestrians by changing into another lane.