Driver involved in crash suspected of heroin use

Driver involved in crash suspected of heroin use

A driver involved in a crash Wednesday afternoon in the town of Verona is suspected of heroin use, according to a release from the Dane County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were called at 4:20 p.m. to Highway 18/151 near Spring Rose Road in the town of Verona on a report of a minivan vs. tractor crash.

Investigators said an eastbound Kia minivan driven by Jason M. Saleska, 40, of Evansville, collided with the back of an eastbound New Holland Tractor driven by Robert C. Ray, 55, of Verona.

A passenger in the minivan, Heidi L. Treige, 36, of Belleville, was unresponsive when rescue crews arrived. She regained consciousness and was flown by Med Flight to UW Hospital with significant, but non-life-threatening injuries. Saleska was taken to UW Hospital with minor injuries. Ray suffered a minor cut to his hand and was treated at the scene.

Deputies said they found drug paraphernalia in plain view inside the minivan and Saleska admitted to using heroin before the crash. Saleska will face charges related to the crash after he’s released from the hospital.

The eastbound lanes of Highway 18/151 were closed for more than four hours for crash reconstruction.

All indications from witnesses indicate the tractor was in compliance with the required safety equipment, according to deputies.