Pedestrian killed in Richland Co. crash; driver arrested, sheriff’s office says

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ITHACA, Wis. — A 29-year-old woman was arrested after she hit and killed an 86-year-old pedestrian on State Highway 58 south of Ithaca Thursday afternoon, according to the Richland County Sheriff’s Office.

In a news release, the agency said the Richland Center woman was driving north on Highway 58 near German Lane in the town of Ithaca around 2:45 p.m. when she became distracted and hit the victim, who was walking across the road.

When a deputy got to the scene, they found the victim, Ruth Anderson, of Richland Center, dead in a ditch line. The driver was parked nearby; she and a three-year-old passenger were not hurt, the release said.

The driver voluntarily submitted to a blood draw, which did not show evidence she was impaired at the time of the crash, according to the release. She was arrested on a tentative charge of homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle.

News 3 Now is not naming the driver at this time as part of a policy not to name people accused of crimes until they have been formally charged in court. Click here to learn more about the policy. She is currently being held in the Richland County Jail.