Sunbather struck by city truck dies from injuries

Autopsy conducted on Saturday
Sunbather struck by city truck dies from injuries

A 38-year-old woman who was run over by a city of Madison truck while sunbathing at a Madison park has died from her injuries, according to the Madison Police Department.

On May 23, the truck was hauling tree bark and was operating on a grassy area of James Madison Park, which sits between Lake Mendota and East Gorham Street.

The victim, identified as Karen Remington, 38, of Windsor, originally suffered what police believed were non-life-threatening injuries, but officials said her condition changed. Police said they were informed by the Dane County Medical Examiner’s office on Friday night that the woman died.

A joint statement was released by the Madison Mayor’s Office and the Madison Parks Division on Saturday.

“Madison Mayor Paul Soglin and Madison Park Superintendent Kevin Briski stated they are deeply saddened by the news of her passing. Their thoughts and prayers go out to her family as well as to the parks employee driver.”

The statement also discussed the ongoing investigation and the review of protocol for maintenance at city parks since the incident.

“Madison Parks is cooperating fully with the police investigation of the accident and will conduct an internal safety review. Madison Parks will not be commenting further until the investigation is complete.”

A crash reconstruction team from the Wisconsin State Patrol worked at the scene to try to determine what the driver of the city parks truck may or may not have been able to see as she came over a small hill and struck the sunbather.

Those who sunbathe at the park said they were shocked by the incident.

VIDEO: City truck runs over sunbather at Madison park

“A lot of times I come laying out here. I’m pretty relaxed, kind of in nap mode, so a public place where you can lay down — it’s kind of scary to think about,” said Megan Padilla, who sunbathes at the park.

“I was literally standing outside on my porch, went inside for maybe 10 minutes, heard the alarms, came out, checked out what was going on and figured out someone got ran over. I was shocked,” said sunbather Jordan Johnson.