100mph driver in crash with 70-year-old Wisconsin senator – WIZM 92.3FM 1410AM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman who was killed alongside her daughter in a car crash involving the Wisconsin State Senate Minority Leader was driving 100 mph seconds before the crash, according to police documents released Thursday.

Among the documents is an inspection of the vehicle driven by Alyssa Ortman, 27, who was killed along with her 5-year-old daughter, Khaleesi Fink, in the July 22 accident.

Documents show state troopers reported finding a vape pen in Ortman’s car that allegedly contained Delta8, a compound similar to marijuana. Drug test results are still pending.

Democratic Senator Janet Bewley, 70, had just turned onto a freeway in the path of Ortman’s car, when the two vehicles collided. Ortman’s car then crossed the median of a freeway and came into the path of another vehicle.

Police previously reported that Bewley had been distracted by a hands-free cell phone at the time of the crash. And in an interview with police, Bewley said she had had cataract surgery on one eye the day before the accident, but her eyesight was fine. Ashland County District Attorney David Meany said Thursday his office has not made a decision on whether to file charges.

Bewley’s office released a statement Thursday that did not address the search for speed, but rather thanked law enforcement and first responders.

“It was a heartbreaking event for the community. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those involved, their families and loved ones,” he said.

Ortman’s mother did not immediately respond to a phone message left Thursday afternoon.

Earlier this month, Khaleesi Fink’s father, Brandon Fink, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Bewley. He also alleged that Ortman and the driver of the third vehicle acted negligently. His lawyers declined to comment after the police inspection report became public.


Harm Venhuizen is a member of the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places reporters in local newsrooms to report on underreported issues. Follow Harm on Twitter.

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