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Dane County Sheriff's Office


January 11, 2008
Contact: Lt. Brian Hayes Phone: (608) 284-6153 Email:
Sheriff's Office

Madison, WI. January 11, 2008 – At approximately 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 10, 2008, Dane County Sheriff’s Deputies and Cross Plains Fire and EMS responded to USH 14 at Cleveland Road, Town of Cross Plains for a two vehicle crash. The passenger in one of the vehicles was pronounced dead at the scene. John H. Harrison, age 17 from Madison, was operating a 2001 Ford Taurus Westbound on STH 14 when his vehicle crossed the center line into the path of an Eastbound 2008 Ford Edge operated by Susan D. Vondra, age 49 from Mazomanie. The passenger in Harrison’s vehicle, a 17-year-old female from Spring Green, was pronounced dead at the scene. It is unknown if Harrison was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash. Both Harrison’s passenger and Vondra were wearing seatbelts. Harrison and Vondra were transported via EMS to local hospitals with serious injuries. Harrison was arrested for Homicide by Intoxicated Use of a Motor Vehicle and Causing Injury by Intoxicated Use of a Motor Vehicle. His driving privileges were previously revoked. Illegal drug use is believed be a factor in the crash. Speed and weather conditions may have also been contributing factors. The crash remains under investigation by the Dane County Sheriff’s Office. The name of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of relatives.