Woman who fatally struck pedestrian on East Washington Avenue was driving near double the speed limit

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MADISON, Wisconsin – A Madison woman faces two felony charges resulting from a fatal crash in the east end of the city earlier this year.

Janessa Cardenas, 25, was charged on Wednesday with second degree reckless homicide and vehicle homicide – use of a controlled substance in connection with the crash that killed Ashley Taylor, 37.

The crash happened just before 9:45 p.m. on April 3 in the 3800 block of East Washington Avenue near the Hy-Vee grocery store. Taylor, whose friends called him Cameron, died at the scene about an hour after the crash.

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An autopsy concluded that his death was due to blunt injuries caused by the accident.

Data from an airbag control module on the car Cardenas was driving revealed that it was traveling 66 miles an hour five seconds before the crash and 75 miles an hour, according to a criminal complaint. one second before the accident. The speed limit in the area is 40 miles per hour.

A blood test revealed that Cardenas had Delta-9-THC in his system at the time, according to the complaint.

Online court records show Cardenas is scheduled to appear in court for the first time on January 10.

Days after the crash, police said they did not intend to charge Cardenas, whom she described as having cooperated in their investigation.

Two witnesses reportedly told police at the time that they had not seen Taylor on the road until he was shot.