Pedestrian found lying in roadway after fatal vehicle crash

A traffic crash early Wednesday morning left one dead and others injured after a 2016 Ford Fusion vehicle drove into a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox vehicle in the early morning, according to a news release from the Walworth County Sherif’s Office.

The crash occurred on Interstate 43 at Highway 11 in the town of Lafayette.

The Sherif’s Office was notified at 2:02 a.m. from a report about the traffic crash. Walworth County sheriff’s deputies and Elkhorn, LaGrange and East Troy Fire and Rescue crews responded to the crash.

According to the Walworth County Sherif’s Office, when officials arrived they found two damaged vehicles on the Interstate and a pedestrian lying in the roadway.

The Equinox vehicle was parked near an abandoned vehicle, which had been left there the day before, the Sheriff’s Office said. The news release said the people in the Equinox had planned to pick up the abandoned vehicle.

TaTashaya Ellis, 23, was driving the Equinox and Valery Weddle, 25, and Briana Jackson, 24, were passengers. Jackson was in the back seat of the vehicle, and when both Ellis and Jackson exited from the driver’s side of the vehicle, they were hit by the Ford Fusion.

Jackson was pronounced dead at the scene by the Walworth County Medical Examiner’s Office, and Ellis was transported to a nearby hospital by an ambulance. The news release said Ellis had severe injuries at that time.

Tiffany Marshall, 38, was driving the Ford Fusion. Both Marshall and Weddle suffered minor injuries.

The Walworth County Sheriff’s Office Crash Investigation Unit is still investigating the crash, according to the news release.

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