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Police: Person of interest in fatal hit-and-run found hours later asleep at wheel with child in car

Detectives seek anyone who saw man Saturday

TOWN OF WESTPORT, Wis. - Officials identified a person of interest Friday in the investigation of a crash that killed a man walking on Highway 113 Saturday

The Dane County Sheriff's Office said 25-year-old Francisco Martinez, of Madison, is being held at the Dane County Jail on a probation violation unrelated to the incident that left Curtis Bonds, 30, dead. 

Bonds was walking home from work at 11:53 p.m. Saturday night when he was hit on Highway 113, his family said. The car that struck Bonds left the scene. 

The sheriff's office said Martinez was brought to jail in the early morning hours of Sunday, when he had contact with a Fitchburg police officer. He was booked by Fitchburg police on the probation hold and arrested on suspicion of operating while intoxicated, the sheriff's office said.  

According to a search warrant filed to draw Martinez's blood early Sunday, a 911 caller reported seeing him at 3:31 a.m. asleep behind the wheel with a 6-year-old child in the car. A Fitchburg officer made contact with him on Chalet Gardens Road, according to the affidavit filed Tuesday in Dane County Court. 

Authorities are trying to track Martinez's whereabouts in the hours leading up to when Bonds was hit.

"The vehicle he was operating at the time of his arrest was consistent with the vehicle we were looking for, and had damage consistent with the accident," Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney said.

Sheriff’s detectives Friday are continuing to follow-up on citizen tips and are awaiting test results from the Wisconsin Crime Lab, according to a release.

The Chevrolet Impala believed to be driven by Martinez was seized and is being processed for possible evidence.  

Detectives asked that people who saw Martinez the night of the crash contact the sheriff’s office at 608-284-6900.

As of Friday morning, Martinez had not been charged in connection with the Westport crash. 

Online court records shows Martinez pleaded guilty to a charge of second-offense operating while intoxicated with a passenger under 16 years old in an incident on Oct. 5, 2015. He was sentenced to 45 days in jail and required to have an ignition interlock device in his vehicle through June 2017. 

Bonds' family has set up a GoFundMe page, and donations can be made to the Curtis Bonds Memorial Fund at any branch of Wells Fargo Bank account 9061469731.


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