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In the Spirit: Crash involving Lutheran Bishop Bruce Burnside captured on video

In the Spirit: Crash involving Lutheran Bishop Bruce Burnside captured on video

The crash Sunday in Sun Prairie in which Lutheran Bishop Bruce Burnside is charged with killing jogger Maureen Mengelt while driving drunk was captured on video by a surveillance camera at a nearby bar, according to court documents released this week.

The video from Daly’s Bar and Grill, 1086 Emerald Terrace, shows a vehicle traveling down the northbound Highway 151 off ramp at Windsor Road “at a high rate of speed,” according to the criminal complaint filed in the case.

The video shows “a runner traveling east to west across the intersection, and the collision of both,” the complaint states. The vehicle then travels east and out of the camera’s range.

In other news related to the case:

• At least five witnesses saw all or part of the crash, according to the criminal complaint. Four of the five were in vehicles at or near the intersection where the crash occurred. The fifth was traveling behind Burnside’s vehicle on Highway 151.

• At Burnside’s bail hearing Wednesday, his attorney said Burnside’s family would voluntarily surrender Burnside’s passport this week as a way to assure the court that he is not a flight risk.

• In an open letter to the community, Kevin Mengelt, the victim’s husband, said the response from the community has been “overwhelming yet so much appreciated.” He writes: “Thank you Maureen for cultivating this extended family through your actions in life. You’ve left your family with the support they now need to continue without you.”

• Maureen Mengelt’s visitation is today (Friday) from 4 to 8 p.m. at Cress Funeral Home, 1310 Emerald Terrace, in Sun Prairie. The funeral is Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church, 2420 St. Albert Drive, in Sun Prairie.

You can reach reporter Doug Erickson at or 608-252-6149.

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