Police: Teen arrested, 3 injured in high-impact T-bone crash that caused chain-reaction collision with 5 vehicles on Madison’s east side

17-year-old facing impaired driving, cocaine dealing, gun possession charges
Tayvian Bauer
Bauer, 17

MADISON, Wis. — A teenager accused of being impaired is facing multiple charges after a crash on Madison’s east side pinned two people and injured three Thursday afternoon, police said.

The Madison Police Department said witnesses estimated that a car was speeding at 60 mph at about 4:30 p.m. when it ran a red light at the intersection of Milwaukee Street and South Fair Oaks Avenue and T-boned one car, causing a five-vehicle crash with serious injuries.


According to the report, witnesses told police the alleged driver, Tayvian S. Bauer, 17, of Madison, crawled out of the wreckage and retrieved something from the passenger side of the car. Bauer then ran behind a nearby home before returning to the collision site.

Police said K-9 officer Archie searched the area and led officers to a loaded handgun that had been hidden in shrubbery behind the home where Bauer had gone.

A backpack containing drugs was found in the suspect’s car, the report said.

Bauer was arrested on suspicion of operating while impaired, possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under 18, possession with intent to deliver cocaine and possession with intent to deliver THC.

Bauer denied driving the car, police said.

Two young men were pinned in a vehicle. The Madison Fire Department said the driver’s side of the vehicle had significant damage and intrusion into the cab. The driver was injured, but he was able to make his way to the back seat, where paramedics and EMTs safely removed him and took him to an ambulance. He was taken to the hospital.

Firefighters also helped get the second passenger, who was still pinned in the back seat of the vehicle, out. The passenger also suffered injuries and was taken to the hospital. Police said both have serious injuries.

A 46-year-old Madison woman, who had been driving a car struck during the chain reaction crash, was also hospitalized. Police said she is listed in stable condition.

All reported injuries appear to be non life threatening, fire officials said. Madison police officers remained at scene to investigate the crash.