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Madison woman gets prison time for drunken fatal crash

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Brass Milled Gavel By walknboston (Flickr: Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Brass Milled Gavel By walknboston (Flickr: Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A Madison woman will spend a year-and-a-half in prison for a drunk driving crash that killed a man on a moped.

28-year-old Ekaterina Topolkaraeva was driving on the wrong lane of a frontage road near Madison’s Beltline expressway in October of 2011. She struck a moped driven by 37-year-old Jeffrey Droster.

The woman pleaded guilty to reduced charges of negligent homicide and drunk driving. She was originally charged with OWI homicide.

Besides her prison time, Topolkaraeva must also spend 5 years under extended supervision.

Police said she was not arrested immediately after the crash, because she passed most of her field sobriety tests.

She did not get a blood alcohol test until two hours later, and it showed that her alcohol level was half the legal limit. But the state Crime Lab said the figure would have been twice as high had the test been taken right after the crash. 

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