Man who died attempting to help crash victim identified by medical examiner

The man who fell to his death attempting to assist a motorist Saturday night has been identified as Matthew C. Adams, 25, of Madison. Adams was originally identified in an earlier news release as being from Monona.

Adams fell to his death after jumping a guardrail while attempting to assist a motorist who had crashed, according to a news release from the Dane County Medical Examiner's Office. 

Preliminary investigation results confirm that Adams’ death was the result of injuries sustained in the incident, according to a news release.


UPDATE (WKOW) -- A Monona man has died after falling over an overpass on Highway 51 while trying to help an alleged intoxicated driver who was involved in a crash near DeForest Saturday.

According to Deforest police, around 9:00 p.m, officers responded to a one-vehicle accident on Highway 51 near Bear Tree Parkway in the Village of DeForest.

An initial investigation shows that a 61-year-old Sun Prairie man was driving south on Highway 51 when he struck numerous guardrails before coming to a stop in the lane of traffic. A 25-year-old Monona man, who was passing by, stopped to provide aid to the driver. While trying to gain access to the driver, he fell over the overpass of Highway 51 onto Bear Tree Parkway below.

The 25-year-old Monona man was transported to the hospital where he later died as a result of his injuries."This is an exceptional loss for a family that had a young man die doing something selfless to try to help someone else in a time of need," said Sgt. Eric McGlynn, with DeForest Police Department. 

The 61-year-old driver was also transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He was also arrested for Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated.

According to police, the investigation is ongoing and further charges may be referred to the Dane County District Attorney.

The accident remains under investigation by the DeForest Police Department, with assistance from the Wisconsin State Patrol.

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