- Associated Press - Saturday, June 27, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A Sauk City man accused of striking and killing a woman as she crossed a Madison street told police he “wanted to hit her,” according to a criminal complaint.

Adam Sutter, 25, is charged with first-degree reckless homicide and homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle. The felony charges stem from the June 18 crash that killed Sara Wolf, 36, of Madison.

Police said Sutter was making a right turn when he ran a red light and hit Wolf, who was in the crosswalk.

The complaint said Sutter told an officer at the scene that he “just kinda speeded up and hit the lady.” Sutter responded to an officer’s questions very slowly and said he didn’t “feel right,” the complaint said.

“I just can’t think,” the complaint said he told the officer. “I just kinda speeded up and hit the lady. I just decided to fly through. I just kind of freaked out and drove through.”

Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain said there is no indication yet about what substance Sutter may have been using before the crash. Lab results could take weeks to months to come back, DeSpain said.

A witness told police she saw Wolf start to cross the street when a car, “just a blur,” came through and struck her.

“He didn’t hesitate,” the woman said. “My guess is the car was going 50 to 60 (mph) through the intersection. It was fast.” Sutter estimated his speed to be 40 to 50 mph before the crash.

Sutter was jailed on $100,000 cash bond after appearing in court Friday, the Wisconsin State Journal (https://bit.ly/1GDO7T6 ) reported. He is due back in court for a preliminary hearing Thursday.

The Wisconsin state public defender’s office, which is representing Sutter, was closed Saturday when reached for comment on his behalf.


Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, https://www.madison.com/wsj

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