Pet dog dies in OWI crash on East Washington Ave

Following release from Madison Police: 

Incident Type

Intoxicated/Impaired Driver

Incident Date

06/28/2017 - 3:00 PM


E. Washington Ave. (at First St.)


Lambert Twizeyimana, 31, MadisonSuspect arrested for operating under the influence - causing great bodily harm, operating under the influence - causing injury, resisting/obstructing, and cited for violating a red traffic signal.


Female, age 79, Lake Mills, WI Male, age 80, Lake Mills, WI Poodle, age 6 (deceased)


 A Lake Mills couple suffered serious injuries - and their six-year-old poodle has now died - after an impaired driver ran a red light on E. Washington Ave. Wednesday afternoon. 

The suspect was driving inbound on East Washington Ave. when he blew the light at N. First St. His car hit the victims' van broadside. The crash created a chain reaction collision involving two additional vehicles. The Lake Mills husband and wife – and their dog - were the only significantly injured. The dog was transported to a emergency veterinary hospital but did not survive. The couples' injuries are not listed as life-threatening. 

The suspect tried to walk from the scene; however, a Capitol Police officer was among the witnesses driving the congested corridor. He went after and stopped the suspect, and made sure he stayed at the scene. The suspect is facing many tentative charges. They are listed above.

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