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Incident Type: Arrest/Hit-and-Run Crash
Original Incident Date: 7/18/21
Date of Arrest: 7/21/21
Release Date: 7/22/21
Incident number: 21-12667
Prepared By: Lt. Edward Hartwick
Yesterday afternoon, personnel from the Fitchburg Police Department made an arrest in Sunday's hit-and-run crash involving a seven-year-old girl* on her bike. Alexander Hernandez Gutierrez, 18, of Madison, was arrested and booked into the Dane County Jail for a probation violation. A charge of hit-and-run causing injury (felony) and citations for operating after revocation, operating without insurance, and failure to notify police of an accident, are expected to be sent to the Dane County District Attorney’s Office by the end of this week.
A break in the case came Monday after a detective from the Fitchburg Police Department located the suspect vehicle abandoned in a parking lot over a mile away from the scene of Sunday’s crash. Investigators worked Tuesday and Wednesday to collect additional evidence and identify the driver who was involved in the crash. Hernandez Gutierrez was taken into custody without incident Wednesday. The seven-year-old girl who was struck in the crash has been released from the hospital and is recovering from her injuries.
This incident highlights the duties of all drivers to maintain awareness on the road and know their responsibilities if they are involved in a crash. If involved in a crash, state law requires drivers to stop at, or as close as possible to, the crash scene, render reasonable assistance, exchange information with other involved parties and contact law enforcement if there are injuries or a reportable amount of damage.
*The original release below incorrectly reported the girl's age as 6. The girl stuck in this crash is 7-years-old.
Location: 2100 High Ridge Trail
Incident Date: 7/18/21
Release Date: 7/18/21
Incident number: FP21-12667
Prepared By: Sgt. Johnston
At 8:07 p.m. tonight Fitchburg officers were dispatched to High Ridge Trail for a report of someone hit by a vehicle. Officers learned on scene a six year old girl was struck by a vehicle while riding her bike on the 2100 block of High Ridge Trail. The girl was able to walk home and was transported to the hospital by Fitchrona EMS with non-life threatening injuries. Based on statements obtained, the incident occurred between 7:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. between Cahill Main and Fish Hatchery Rd with the suspect vehicle traveling eastbound on High Ridge Trail.
The suspect vehicle is described as a gray, four door sedan, with older front end damage driven by a Hispanic male in his 20’s. The vehicle was last seen by witnesses headed eastbound on High Ridge Trail towards Fish Hatchery Rd after yelling at the girl to stay out of the road.
If you have any information regarding this incident, or recognize the suspect or suspect vehicle please contact the Fitchburg Police Department. You can also remain anonymous by contacting Madison Area Crime Stoppers at (608)266-6014 or by visiting P3Tips.com.