Driver killed in McFarland car vs. house crash; DCI investigating

MCFARLAND, Wis. — The driver of a vehicle that crashed into a McFarland home Tuesday night has died, and The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating the events surrounding the crash.

DOJ officials announced Wednesday afternoon they are investigating the crash at the request of the McFarland Police Department.

According to authorities, the crash happened around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday following an attempted traffic stop on Highway 51.

Officials said the vehicle did not stop and instead exited the highway onto Siggelkow Road, ignoring the stop sign at the bottom of the exit ramp before driving east onto Siggelkow Road. The officer, who had their emergency lights on, ended the pursuit.

A short time later, officials said, the officer was driving east on Siggelkow Road when the vehicle drove past the officer while accelerating and heading west. The officer turned their vehicle around to find the vehicle had entered a house and come to a stop.

Authorities said the driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The vehicle was occupied by four others who were all taken to a local hospital.

According to a news release, the home was occupied by six people at the time of the crash. None of them were injured.

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office, Dane County Crime Victim Services, Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office, Madison Police Department, Monona Police Department, McFarland Fire Department, Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory and DOJ Office of Crime Victim Services are helping the Division of Criminal Investigation with the investigation.