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Man starts nonprofit to honor wife killed jogging

Donations to benefit sports, music programs

SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. - "Maureen's love was the kids; every kid she came into contact with she would connect with," said Kevin Mengelt, husband of the woman killed Sunday.

Sun Prairie police said a drunk driver struck and killed Maureen Mengelt at the intersection of highways 151 and 19.

There's a growing memorial there for the mother of three and avid runner, who was out on a jog when she was hit.

Her accused killer, Bruce Burnside, was in court Wednesday, charged with three felonies. He's a Lutheran bishop who oversees more than 100 congregations in Southcentral Wisconsin. Burnside's assistant said he'll remain in the elected position.

Since the incident, Kevin Mengelt has been overwhelmed with community support and he's started a non-profit in Maureen's name. Donations will go toward local sports and music programs she loved, he said.

"We feel blessed; I don't feel like I have one family anymore, I have a family of many hundreds," Kevin Mengelt said.

As for Burnside, a criminal complaint said a nearby restaurant's surveillance video showed him speeding down an off ramp, hitting a traffic sign and then Maureen. The complaint said he kept driving and pulled over at a nearby gas station. He denied using drugs and alcohol when a Sun Prairie officer asked him, but his preliminary breath test was .128.

"Clearly, there was no effort to stay there, there was no effort to go back and it's my understanding that he stayed there or that he was stopped at that gas station by citizens who would not let him leave," said the Dane County Assistant District Attorney Emily Thompson.

He'll be released Wednesday on a signature bond, but will have to enter a treatment program and follow certain conditions that include no drinking and he can't contact the Mengelt family.

If Burnside violates the conditions, he'll return to jail and have bail set at $150,000.

Burnside is due back in court May 13.

The U.S. Bank off Highway 19 in Sun Prairie is accepting donations in Maureen's name. Her husband is encouraging people wear tennis shoes in her honor at her Friday funeral services.

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