Memorial created for woman killed in suspected drunken driving crash

Memorial created for woman killed in suspected drunken driving crash

It was around 7:30 p.m. Saturday when Adam Seeger said he heard a crash outside his apartment on South Park Street.

“I dialed 911 and then came down to see if I could help with the CPR, but there were a couple of nurses there, who were on their way home from work,” Seeger said.

Despite the nurses quick assistance, Seeger said a 24-year-old woman died after being struck by a drunken driver. He was told by the victim’s friends on the scene that she was a University of Wisconsin-Madison student from China.

“It’s senseless and could have been avoided,” Seeger said.

Two other students, who were also hit, told Seeger at the scene that the three of them were on their way to study when the car came out of nowhere.

“She would have been walking by the sidewalk and these signs were broken clean off at the base and the car came to a stop off a telephone pole,” Seeger said.

Employees at Falbo’s Pizza on South Park Street said they saw what happened outside the shop’s window. One said he saw an SUV go out of control and jump the curb, crashing into the three students. The woman apparently flew several feet in the air before landing on the concrete.

Seeger said he spent most of his time at the scene helping the victim’s two friends and making sure emergency medical services personnel had everything under control.

“These were Chinese speaking students and it’s doubly scary when you’re not in your own city and culture,” Seeger said.

Seeger decided to honor the woman’s life by creating a memorial next to the place she landed. He also hopes it sends a clear message to drivers.

“I want to make sure that people understand that driving drunk actually has a real cost. This woman came here to study at the university to make her life and everybody else’s life better, and now all we can do is put up this memorial. I sure hope the driver’s last drink was worth it,” Seeger said.

The Madison Police Department said the driver of the car was also treated for serious injuries, but is not in police custody. The name of the victim has not been released pending family notification.