This article was originally posted by Ryan at the original HillRunner.com Blogs.
Some of you have probably already heard about this story. In short, a woman named Maureen Mengelt from Sun Prairie was out on a training run Sunday afternoon when she was hit by a drunk driver. She was taken to a local hospital but died at the hospital.
I was informed this morning that she was a long-time runner who had run the well known Syttende Mai 20 miler in Stoughton (near Madison) over 20 times. I’m sure she will be deeply missed in the running community over there.
Fortunately, it looks like law enforcement is throwing the book at this driver. It seems too often like incidents of car vs. walker/runner/cyclist are not treated so seriously. Excuses are made for the drivers and charges are usually minimal, if anything more than a civil fine of sometimes less than $200, even in the case of serious injury or death.
I’m posting this for two reasons. First, if anyone wants to follow this story, I can post follow-ups in the comments. Second, please be careful out there. I hate intersections, especially freeway exits. Drivers don’t look out for anyone not in a car, if they do see you they often assume you will get out of the way even if you have the right of way and they are incredibly unpredictable at intersections.