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Bystanders ensured suspected hit-and-run driver made no escape


SUN PRAIRIE (WKOW) -- Sources with knowledge of the investigation into a Sun Prairie jogger's hit-and-run death Sunday tell 27 News bystanders made sure the driver's departure from the collision scene, ended at a nearby gas station.

Authorities say 59-year old Evangelical Lutheran Bishop Bruce Burnside drunkenly hit and killed 52-year old Maureen Mengelt of Sun Prairie, and then left the scene at Windsor Street near Highway-151.

Sources tell 27 News other drivers followed Burnside's SUV into a gas station within blocks of the collision.

Sources tell 27 News surveillance camera video at the business shows several cars pulling into the gas station and surrounding Burnside's SUV, eliminating the possibility of Burnside driving off before police officers arrived.

Authorities say the collision took place just before 3 p.m., and minutes before Burnside was scheduled to officiate at a staff installation ceremony at a nearby Sun Prairie Lutheran church.

Police officials have yet to release Burnside's blood alcohol level at the time of his arrest.

Burnside has been in the Dane County jail since his Sunday arrest, with no court appearance scheduled yet. Wisconsin law generally requires criminal defendants be given an opportunity to have bail considered within seventy-two hours of an arrest.

Friends and family say Mengelt was an avid runner. Mengelt was a former Madison police officer, who was married with three children.

Mengelt worked part-time as a limousine driver. Gallant Knight Limousine president Larry Epstein tells 27 News Mengelt's sunny personality made her a favorite of customers and staff.

"We have fourteen, fifteen drivers. They are all sad about it," Epstein says.

"She always had a smile on her face. Everybody knew her, so this is quite the shock."

Family members say a visitation is scheduled Friday at Cress Funeral Home in Sun Prairie between 4 and 8 p.m. To honor Mengelt's love of running, those who attend are being asked to wear running shoes.


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