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Video of truck suspected of hitting deputy's beltline response vehicle

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 MADISON (WKOW) -- Dane County sheriff's officials released state department of transportation video of a suspect, hit-and-run truck from a Monday crash with a sheriff's deputy's special beltline patrol vehicle.

Authorities say the video of the red, pick up truck with a topper on the beltine after the Monday morning collision is at 2:34 of the video:  http://1.usa.gov/1micznz

Deputy Eric Novotny has been with the Freeway Service Team since its inception in 2001. Novotny helps stranded motorists, removes highway obstructions, closes traffic lanes, and assists with any problems on the road from Middleton to the interstate.

Novotny says he was in the driver's seat, and his truck was in a closed, beltline exit ramp at John Nolen Drive to help shield highway workers, when he was hit.

"It sounded like a gun shot in my car," Novotny says.

Novotny says a swerving, passing truck slammed into his side view mirror and snapped the mirror back against the sheriff's truck. Novotny says he was able to spot the red truck, but says the license plate was obscured. Authorities hope the video of the hit-and-run truck will help identify the driver.

Novotny says his service team truck has been rear ended three times. He also says he has been forced to dive off the roadway to avoid erratically driven cars. But Novotny believes his brush with this hit-and-run driver was even more serious than his previous scares, because he would have been pinned, or worse, if he had opened the driver side door as the pick-up truck made contact.

Novotny says at the time of the collision, his emergency lights were flashing, and his truck's digital, highway sign was deployed and illuminated.

Authorities say the hit-and-run driver was also required by Wisconsin's Move Over Law to shift lanes or slow down to allow space for the safety activity on the highway.

Authorities say the suspect truck likely has damage to its passenger side mirror. Authorities ask anyone with information on this incident to call 284-6900.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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