Officials ID bicyclist killed in hit-and-run crash

The Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the bicyclist killed in a hit-and-run crash in the town of Oregon Friday.

Following an autopsy, officials identified the cyclist Saturday night as 33-year-old Shelton C. Berel of Oregon.

On Friday, officials with the Dane County Sheriff’s Office said they believe they found a pickup truck and the driver involved in the crash, according to a news release.

Police said they interviewed the driver, Kevin D. Meister, 35, of Brooklyn. He was booked into Dane County Jail on a tentative charge of hit-and-run causing death, the sheriff’s office said.

DCSO spokesperson Elise Schaffer told News 3 the truck was found less than 10 miles from the crash scene. She said tips from citizens were crucial in locating the driver.

Deputies were called to the intersection of Lincoln and Hillcrest just west of the city of Oregon about 6:30 a.m. Friday for a report of a vehicle that struck a bicyclist, a sheriff’s office spokeswoman said. Observers said Berel was lying in the middle of the road after the crash. The biker was headed west on Lincoln Road when he was hit.

Schaffer said Berel was pronounced dead at the scene.

The vehicle involved left the scene and deputies had asked for the public’s assistance to locate the vehicle and driver. 

The sheriff’s office said the truck suspected of hitting Berel was described as a Ford dual pickup with a three-tone paint job; black on the bottom, tan or gold in the middle and maroon on top.

The pickup has damage to the rear tailgate and also to the front grill and front turn signal light, according to the report. The truck may also have some type of rack attached to the hitch.

Anyone with information related to the crash investigation is asked to call the Dane County Communications Center at 608-266-4948 or the Dane County tip line at 608-284-6900.

Traffic was diverted off Lincoln Street near Hillcrest while officials investigated Friday.