Crash that left detective injured is probed again

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Gazette Staff
Friday, December 7, 2007
— The Dane County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a one-car crash that left a Madison detective critically injured, even though the State Patrol found no evidence of anything criminal.

According to Madison police, Detective Jeffery Hughes, 39, was off duty when his car left Interstate 39-90 near Edgerton Nov. 20, hit a guardrail and rolled over several times. Hughes was thrown from the vehicle.

The police department only issued a brief statement, saying “circumstances surrounding the crash” would be investigated.

The State Patrol trooper who initially looked into the crash was puzzled by the development.

“Not even in my wildest dreams am I looking at any type of crash investigation that’s criminal in nature, “ Trooper Tim Redman said. “I didn’t see anything that would lead me down that path. “

Redman said he was “90 percent sure” Hughes fell asleep at the wheel, had some sort of medical attack or was distracted before his car left the interstate.

“We’ve ruled out alcohol use, we’ve ruled out hit-and-run from another vehicle, we’ve ruled out a deer jumping in front of him or any mechanical malfunction,” Redman said.

Frequent “cluster” headaches caused Hughes to miss 40 percent of his scheduled work days in 2005. He was able to resume a regular schedule in early 2006 after undergoing a surgical procedure that involved the placement of an electrode in his brain.

Redman said a medical release was needed from Hughes to ask his doctors whether the headaches could have been a factor in the crash.

Last updated: 11:45 am Thursday, December 13, 2012

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