Wisconsin Minority Leader Janet Bewley was involved in a fatal car crash that resulted in the deaths of two people, police revealed.
Bewley, a Democrat, was not injured in the crash. A 27-year-old woman from Pennsylvania and her 5-year-old daughter died in the incident.
“We’ll be sitting down with them and going over everything as far as determining how it all actually happened,” Ashland Police Chief Bill Hagstrom told the Ashland Daily Press. “Then we’ll forward everything to the district attorney for their review because it was a fatal accident.”
According to Fox News, no charges have been filed yet, and the State Patrol was reconstructing the crash.
The outlet continued:
The accident occurred on Friday just before 12:30 p.m. after Bewley pulled out of a Lake Superior beach entrance and into the path of a car driven by Alyssa Ortman, according to the Ashland Police Department. When Ortman’s car collided with Bewley’s, it spun across Highway 2 and was hit by another vehicle.
Ortman’s 5-year-old daughter was pronounced dead at the crash scene. Ortman was transported to a nearby hospital where she later died, according to police. Hagstrom said Bewley was not taken to the hospital.
“This is a heartbreaking event for the community. Our thoughts and prayers are focused on the individuals involved, their families and their loved ones,” Bewley’s office said in a statement to Fox News Tuesday. “Senator Bewley, who was not seriously injured in the accident, wants to thank all the dedicated law enforcement and emergency medical personnel who helped in the aftermath of the accident.”
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