UPDATE: The Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the woman who died after being struck by a vehicle Thursday at the intersection of East Washington Avenue and North Stoughton Road as Sara B. Wolf, 36, of Madison.  Preliminary autopsy results indicate Wolf died as a result of injuries she sustained when struck by the motor vehicle.


A Sauk City man was under the influence when he fatally struck a pedestrian in a busy Madison intersection Thursday evening, police said.

Adam Sutter, 25, was turning onto East Washington Avenue from North Stoughton Road around 7:15 p.m. Thursday when he ran a red light and hit a 36-year-old Madison woman who was in a crosswalk, Madison police said Friday. Witnesses told police Sutter had also been speeding, authorities said.

Authorities had not released the name of the woman killed.

A nurse who was driving by stopped to administer CCR to the woman until paramedics arrived. The woman later died at a hospital, police spokesman Joel DeSpain said.

Sutter was “acting very strangely at the scene” and speaking slowly, DeSpain said. Police arrested him on a tentative charge of operating while under the influence.

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DeSpain declined to specify how authorities believe Sutter was impaired, saying investigators are looking into that.

“What caused his impairment is still being investigated,” DeSpain said.

Sutter could face additional charges as the investigation continues, DeSpain said. Drivers involved in fatal crashes while under the influence of drugs or alcohol are often charged with homicide by intoxicated driving.

Police have called the East Side intersection of North Stoughton Road and East Washington Avenue the most dangerous intersection in Madison.

Tens of thousands of people each week travel through the intersection, where highways 51 and 151 meet. In 2013, the most recent year for which police have reported data, it was the site of 42 traffic crashes, which resulted in 13 injuries — accounting for more crashes than any other intersection in the city.

Bill Novak of madison.com contributed to this report.