82-Year-Old Woman Hospitalized in Hit-and-Run

Search is on for vehicle — possibly a Toyota pickup truck — that struck victim on Highway KK and then left the scene.

Authorities are looking for the driver of a vehicle — possibly a Toyota Tundra pickup truck — involved in a hit-and-run accident that injured an 82-year-old Port Washington woman this morning.

Dolores Kopacz was struck around 7 a.m. while walking on County Highway KK (Moore Road) near North Spring Street and the railroad tracks in the Town of Port Washington, the Ozaukee County Sheriff's Department said.

The vehicle that hit her was traveling north on Moore road and struck Kopacz as she walked south along the east shoulder. Kopacz was wearing a red flashing bicycle reflector on the front of her coat, the department said.

Despite injuries, Kopacz was able to call in the incident to police, Sheriff's Department Capt. Dave Guss said.

"(She was) hurt pretty well but she was still conscious and speaking with us," he said. A passer-by assisted Kopacz until police arrived.

Kopacz sustained head, leg and arm injuries, and was taken by ambulance to St. Mary’s Ozaukee Hospital and then transferred to Froedtert Memorial Hospital by Flight for Life.

The vehicle sustained damage to the right front. Broken parts at the scene included several fragments of a gray pewter bumper stamped with Toyota numbers and clear signal lens fragments. Although the model and year of the suspect vehicle have not been positively identified, preliminary information indicates it may have been a gray Toyota Tundra with a model year between 2001 and 2004.

Law enforcement officials believe the suspect is probably someone who drives the road every day — perhaps someone on the way to or from work, Guss said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at (262) 284-7172.

Dave December 19, 2011 at 06:31 PM
That part of the road is very bad high shoulders no lights my son has to walk home from the high school that way .Put some lights up and put in some side walks.I hope for a quick recovery for her..
Greg December 19, 2011 at 07:10 PM
The real problem is the Hit and Run laws are weak. Fleeing an officer and Hit & Run need to be very serious, in the eyes of the court. Not every road can be made accident free, but catch this driver and put him/her away. There is no excuse for not stopping.
Lyssa Beyer (Editor) December 19, 2011 at 08:58 PM
I live around the corner and often walk my dog down to Sauk Creek Reserve ... I agree, it would be nice to have sidewalks. Though there is only room on one side of the street for that ... that's really all you'd need.


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