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Middleton Police Department
Friday December 3rd, 2021 :: 09:38 a.m. CST


Homicide by Negligent Use of a Vehicle

On December 2, 2021, at approximately 4:08 PM, Middleton Police, Fire, and EMS were dispatched to the 7700 block of Terrace Avenue for the report of a woman who fell and hit her head.  Additional information provided while responders were en route indicated that the victim was not breathing and did not have a pulse.  First responders attempted lifesaving measures, but they were unsuccessful, and the 77-year-old female victim died from her injuries.

Further investigation determined that there had been a disturbance between the victim and 27-year-old Thomas J. Wilke, of Middleton.  The fatal injuries were a result of the victim being struck by the door of Wilke’s vehicle, knocking her to the pavement as he backed up.  Wilke was subsequently arrested and transported to the Dane County Jail on a charge of Homicide by Negligent Operation of a Vehicle.

The crash remains under investigation by the Middleton Police Department, the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office, and the Wisconsin State Patrol Technical Reconstruction Unit.  Middleton Police were also assisted by Middleton Fire and Middleton EMS.

If you have any information, or were witness to this incident, please contact the Middleton Police Department at 608-824-7300, Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014, or on the web at P3TIPS.COM.  Crime Stoppers tipsters can remain anonymous.

Captain Jeremy Geiszler
Middleton Police Department

Pursuant to the directive of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicity, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation, and that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Middleton Police Department
7341 Donna Dr
Middleton, WI 53562

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 608-824-7300

Captain Jeremy Geislzer
Administrative Services Commander
[email protected]

7700 Terrace Ave
Middleton, WI 53562

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