Hit and Run Crash Sends Motorcyclist to Hospital
October 10, 2008
Contact: Lt. David Karls
Phone: (608) 284-6155
FAX: (608) 284-6043
Madison, WI: Friday, October 10, 2008
At 5:23 am Dane County Sheriff's Deputies, with assistance from the Stoughton Police Department, along with Stoughton Fire and EMS, responded to Skaalen Road near Spring Road, in the Town of Pleasant Springs, for a report of a motorcyclist down on the road. Initial assessment indicated the motorcyclist may have been involved in a crash.
Deputies determined the motorcyclist, age 50 of Stoughton, had been the victim of a hit and run crash. Reports were given that the offending vehicle may have been a maroon or red pick-up truck seen fleeing northbound on Spring Road from the scene. Deputies were able to track the suspect truck by following debris falling off of it as it fled the scene. Deputies located the suspect truck, a red,1994 Dodge 1500, approximately 5 miles north of the crash. The driver had left the disabled truck and fled on foot.
Wesley M. Quam, age 20 of Stoughton, was determined to be the offending driver after locating him at home. Quam was arrested for Hit and Run Causing Great Bodily Harm, OWI - Causing Great Bodily Harm, and Failure to Render Aid, and booked in to the Dane County Jail.
The motorcyclist, who's name is being withheld pending notification of family, was transported to an area hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries. The motorcyclist was wearing a helmet, which most probably prevented more serious or life threatening injuries.
Dane County Sheriff's Office Crash Reconstructionists were called in to help with investigating the crash. The crash remains under investigation at this time. Anyone who may have witnessed this crash or may have been driving on Skaalen Road between 5:00 am and 5:23 am is asked to call the Tipster Hotline at 608-284-6900.