Victim in fatal Sun Prairie crash identified as wife of MPD officer

SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. —  An off-duty Madison police officer and her wife were the two pedestrians struck during a fatal crash Monday afternoon in Sun Prairie.

According to the Sun Prairie Police Department, the off-duty officer and her wife were walking on the bike path off the roadway of East Main Street when they were struck by a vehicle involved in the crash.

The Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the woman killed in the crash as 48-year-old Julie Nelson. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

A forensic examination revealed Nelson died from injuries she suffered in the crash, according to a news release.

Police said they arrested the driver of the one of the vehicles in the crash, 32-year-old James Blackstone, for misdemeanor bail jumping.

The two-car crash happened around 3:30 p.m. on Highway 19 at White Trail Drive.

A Madison Police Department spokesman said an off-duty officer was involved in the crash on Tuesday, but was unable to comment on the officer’s condition at that time.

The crash closed all lanes of Highway 19 for several hours Tuesday evening.

Police said the crash is still under investigation.