An man who admitted to being a heroin user was arrested on a tentative charge of causing injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle after a head-on crash on the East Side Thursday that broke a woman’s spine and ankle, Madison police said.
Kenneth A. Lutomski, 34, of Cudahy, also was cited for deviating from a designated lane after the crash at about 1:30 p.m. in the 1000 block of Williamson Street, police spokesman Joel DeSpain said.
Witnesses told police a large, white rental truck had been all over the road, driving recklessly and slowing down for no reason, as it went from John Nolen Drive onto Williamson Street prior to the head-on crash. A 27-year old Madison woman said the truck swerved at her car, sideswiping it and causing damage, and other drivers reported near misses, DeSpain said.
The truck slammed head-on into a compact car driven by a 53-year-old Madison woman who suffered a severely broken ankle and a spinal fracture, DeSpain said.
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“There was nowhere to go — he came straight at me," the woman told police at a local hospital.
After the crash, the truck's driver appeared drowsy with pinpoint pupils and droopy eyelids, and admitted to being a heroin user, but denied using the drug the day of the crash, DeSpain said.
He was arrested following field sobriety tests, DeSpain said.
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