The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is investigating a fatal crash in McFarland that occurred on the night of Tuesday, April 13.
According to the DOJ, a McFarland police officer attempted to stop a speeding vehicle south bound on U.S. Highway 51 at about 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The vehicle did not stop and exited the highway on Siggelkow Road, did not stop at the stop sign at the bottom of the ramp, and drove east on Siggelkow Road.
The officer had activated emergency lights on the police vehicle, and after observing the vehicle fleeing, ended the pursuit, according to a DOJ release. A short time later, as the officer was driving east on Siggelkow Road, the vehicle drove past the officer accelerating heading west on Siggelkow Road. Once the officer turned around, the officer saw the vehicle had crashed into a house, the DOJ said.
The driver of the vehicle, identified by the Dane County Medical Examiner as 19-year-old Cam-Ron P. M. Poelinitz of Fitchburg, was pronounced dead at the scene. Four passengers of the vehicle were transported to an area hospital. Six people were in the home when the vehicle crashed into it. None were injured.
DCI is conducting the death investigation at the request of the McFarland Police Department. DCI will turn over investigative reports to the Dane County District Attorney when the investigation concludes.