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Madison woman will stand trial for fatal drunk driving crash

Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A Madison woman has been ordered to stand trial for a drunk driving crash that killed a moped operator last fall.

27-year-old Ekaterina Topolkaraeva is charged with homicide by drunk driving, and homicide by negligent driving. She’s scheduled to enter pleas at her next court hearing.

Prosecutors said the woman was driving in the wrong lane on a frontage road near Madison’s Beltline last October, when she struck and killed 37-year-old moped driver Jeffrey Droster of Madison.

Officer Kelly Powers testified that the woman was not arrested immediately, because she passed most of her sobriety tests at the crash scene.

A blood analysis two hours later showed that her alcohol content was half the legal limit. But a State Crime Lab analyst said her alcohol level at the time the crash happened would have been about twice as high.

The defendant also had morphine in her system, but the crime lab analyst said it might not have been enough to cause her to be impaired.