Police investigate after fatal car crash into West Side picnic

7-year-old pronounced dead at UW Hospital
Police investigate after fatal car crash into West Side picnic

Investigators are searching for answers after a 7-year-old boy was killed and three others were hurt in a bizarre car crash on Madison’s West Side on Tuesday night.

The Dane County Medical Examiner’s office identified the boy as Aiden Mueller on Wednesday night. He was pronounced dead at University of Wisconsin Hospital.

The boy’s 36-year-old mother was critically injured but remains in stable condition. His 38-year-old father and 4-year-old sister suffered injuries that aren’t believed to be life-threatening, authorities said.

The incident occurred at about 6 p.m. in a neighborhood just south of Mineral Point Road and west of South Whitney Way. The family was having dinner at a picnic table on private property at the First Business Bank when they were struck by a wayward vehicle.

Police said that the car veered off Mineral Point, hit a tree, went airborne and landed on the picnic table near the building where the family was eating.

“At some point, (the driver) veers from the left lane into the right lane, hops a curb, goes through some bushes, hits a tree and then lands in and around this picnic table, where this family is dining,” said Madison Police Department spokesperson Joel DeSpain.

The 59-year-old woman who was driving wasn’t injured in the crash. Police said they don’t know why she went off the road. They said they haven’t ruled out the possibility the woman had some sort of medical emergency leading up to the crash.


The driver didn’t smell of alcohol, but seemed disoriented after the crash, said DeSpain. Police are awaiting blood tests to see if she may have had any medication in her system, and if so, how much.

Authorities said that the Wisconsin State Patrol is going to help with an accident reconstruction.

The driver hasn’t been cited in connection with the crash. Police said that they will continue their investigation and they want to talk to that driver more. They said they’re also waiting to talk to some of the victims to see if they might be able offer some insight as to what happened.

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