Bicyclist killed in hit-and-run on rural Sauk Co. road; search for suspect ongoing

TROY, Wis. — Sauk County authorities are searching for a driver who they say hit and killed a bicyclist on a rural county road Monday night.

Officials said a caller contacted dispatchers around 10:30 p.m. Monday to report that a bicyclist who had left home around 7:30 p.m. still hadn’t returned home.

A deputy with the Sauk County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of County Road B and Cassel Road to check on the biker’s condition and later found a crash scene on the roadway, just east of Cassel Road.

The bicyclist, who was still alive when the deputy arrived, suffered serious injuries in the crash. The deputy attempted life-saving measures, but the victim ultimately died of their injuries. The victim’s name is being withheld until their family is notified.

According to law enforcement’s initial investigation, the bicyclist was traveling west on County Road B when a vehicle traveling in the same direction hit them from behind. Authorities said they believe the crash happened sometime between 8 and 9:30 p.m.

The bicycle was severely damaged in the crash and pushed the bicycle and biker into a ditch on the north side of the road.

Authorities said the driver of the vehicle involved drove away from the scene without reporting the crash and had not yet been identified as of noon Tuesday. Authorities said they recovered several items of evidence from the scene and are reviewing video footage from the area. They added that the suspect vehicle likely has fresh damage to the front passenger side, particularly the headlamp and front bumper areas.

Anyone with information about the hit-and-run or the suspect vehicle is asked to contact the Sauk County Sheriff’s Office at 608-355-4495 or Sauk County Crime Stoppers at 1-888-847-7285. Tips can also be submitted anonymously online.

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