Investigation into October’s Fatal Pedestrian/Vehicle Crash Completed; No Citations Issued (Updated)

January 14, 2020 – Aaron Raap, City of Whitewater Chief of Police, shared today with The Whitewater Banner that the Walworth County Sheriff’s Department crash reconstruction of the fatal traffic accident involving a vehicle and pedestrian on October 20, 2019 has been completed. Kay Gustafson, 71, of Whitewater was struck and later died due to her injuries. The accident took place at the crosswalk near the 1300 block of West Main Street. Raap stated that the investigation did not establish that the driver was using her cell phone, was impaired by drugs or alcohol, or was distracted in any other manner. The driver was estimated to have been traveling at 24-28 m.p.h. in the 25 m.p.h. speed zone. Per the statement of the driver and the only identified witness, who was a few car lengths behind the involved vehicle, the pedestrian was not seen before being struck. The investigation indicated that the pedestrian may have made a sudden movement into traffic. Consequently, the Whitewater Police Department has decided not to issue any citations. The Banner has chosen not to identify the 21-year-old driver. Raap also indicated that there was little indication that the design of the crosswalk or its surroundings contributed to the tragedy.

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