Man charged in Midvale Boulevard crash out on bail

MADISON (WKOW) - 19-year old Benjamin Cortes is out of the Dane County jail after being charged with negligent homicide in connection with a fatal crash on Midvale Boulevard.

A Dane County Sheriff's official tells 27 News Cortes was released Wednesday afternoon after $10,000 bail was posted.

Authorities say Cortes was driving his Mazda sedan 102 miles per hour Friday when he lost control and hit and killed 72-year old pedestrian Greg Nametz.  Authorities say Nametz's wife, Patty was critically injured.  The couple was walking their dog, who was unhurt.

Prosecutors say they are also considering a drugged driving charge against Cortes.  They say marijuana was found in his car, and Cortes admitted using pot some hours before the crash. 


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