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A Wisconsin Senate Democrat was involved in a car crash last Friday that left two people dead, including a 27-year-old Pennsylvania mother and her 5-year-old daughter, police said.
Minority Leader Janet Bewley, 70, who represents northwestern Wisconsin, was not injured in the crash, according to her office.
“We’re going to sit down with them and go through everything until we determine how it really happened,” Ashland Police Chief Bill Hagstrom told the Ashland Daily Press. “Then we will send everything to the district attorney for review because it was a fatal accident.”
No charges have yet been filed and the State Patrol was reconstructing the accident.
DAYTONA BEACH ATTENDANTS, INCLUDING CHILD, INJURED AFTER CAR DRIVES ON SAND AND CRASHES INTO OCEAN
The accident occurred Friday just before 12:30 p.m. after Bewley left the Lake Superior beach entrance and stepped into the path of a car driven by Alyssa Ortman, according to the Ashland Police Department. When Ortman’s car collided with Bewley’s, he spun onto Highway 2 and was struck by another vehicle.
Ortman’s 5-year-old daughter was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. 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 go out to the individuals involved, their families and loved ones,” Bewley’s office said in a statement to Fox News on Tuesday. “Senator Bewley, who was not seriously injured in the accident, wants to thank all of the dedicated law enforcement and emergency medical personnel who assisted after the accident.”
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Bewley, a member of the state Senate since 2015, is not seeking re-election.
Associated Press contributed to this report.