Librarian killed by UW delivery truck identified

62-year-old died of injuries from the accident

Published On: Jan 18 2014 10:24:33 AM CST   Updated On: Jan 20 2014 02:39:20 PM CST
MADISON, Wis. -

Authorities identified the woman killed by a delivery truck in downtown Madison Thursday morning. 

The Dane County Medical Examiner's Office said that Edith M. Dixon, 62, of Madison, died as a result of injuries she sustained in the accident. 

Madison police said a University of Wisconsin System delivery truck was backing up at North Lake Street and Mendota Court when it struck a Dixon as she was walking behind the vehicle around 10:30 a.m.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison said Dixon was a senior academic librarian who worked at Memorial Library, about a block from where she was hit. 

Dixon -- a UW-Madison librarian for more than 25 years, according to the university -- was taken to a hospital but police confirmed shortly after the crash that she died.

In an article on the UW-Madison website about Dixon's death, colleague and supervisor Mitch Lundquist said Dixon was quiet but gregarious. 

"She had the laugh of an extrovert -- full, heartfelt, infectious,” Lundquist said. "Edie was engaging and approachable, a wonderful confidant, lending a thoughtful caring ear when needed."

The case is under investigation, authorities said.

A UW Memorial librarian was killed in the same area in June 2011. Maureen Grant was walking to work from a parking ramp when she was hit crossing University Avenue at Lake Street by a Madison Metro bus.

Police investigate fatal accident downtown

Published On: Jan 16 2014 12:05:19 PM CST

Madison police said a woman was killed after a crash at North Lake Street and Mendota Court Thursday morning. 

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Police were at the scene of an accident that killed a pedestrian at North Lake Street and Mendota Court Thursday.