Four Young People Die in Fitchburg Crash
Feb 18, 2012 – Madison, WI
Victor Benitez was arrested in connection with the one-vehicle crash and charged with four counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle. He had a small amount of alcohol in his blood along with cocaine and marijuana after the crash.
Along with the homicide charges, Benitez was charged with four counts of failure to render aid resulting in death, four counts of driving without a valid license causing death and obstructing police.
Speed also was believed to be a factor in the crash that was reported at 5:09 p.m., and it appeared that none of the occupants was wearing a seat belt.
Five people were inside the vehicle, which was traveling eastbound on Lacy Road and failed to stop at Syene Road. The vehicle continued eastbound and went airborne while crossing railroad tracks. The driver lost control, struck a utility pole and over turned.
Four people were ejected from the vehicle. Three died at the scene despite lifesaving attempts by police and paramedics, and the fourth was taken by helicopter to a local hospital died from injuries the next day.
Benitez, the driver, was not ejected, was taken to a hospital by ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries.
Victor Benitez (18) Madison - Driver
Martin Sanchez-Gutierrez (18) Madison
Jose Antonio Cabrera-Hernandez (17) Madison
Phankham Chitanavong (17) Rockford, Ill.
Alan Michael Dickson (25) Rockford, Ill.