Madison woman to face trial in fatal moped crash
A Madison woman accused of driving drunk and killing a moped driver in Madison has been ordered to stand trial in Dane County.
Police said 27-year-old Ekaterina Topolkaraeva was driving in the wrong lane on a frontage road last October when she struck and killed 37-year-old Jeffrey Droster of Madison.
Officer Kelly Powers testified in court Tuesday that he smelled alcohol on the woman’s breath, but she passed most of the sobriety tests she performed and was not arrested. A blood analysis about two hours later found her blood alcohol content was half the legal limit. The State Journal reported a crime lab analyst testified that Topolkaraeva’s blood alcohol content at the time of the crash would be about twice that.
A Dane County judge found probable cause that Topolkaraeva committed a felony.