Wis. bishop could be charged after fatal crash

CREATED Apr 9, 2013

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SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (AP) -- A Lutheran bishop who's tentatively charged with homicide by intoxicated driving could soon be in court.

The 59-year-old bishop was in custody Tuesday. He is accused of striking and killing 52-year-old Maureen Mengelt as she was out for a run Sunday.

The suspect is a bishop in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. An official at the suspect's synod asks that the current focus be on the victim, not the bishop.

Mengelt was a former City of Madison police officer. She had two daughters and a son.

Kevin Mengelt remembers his wife as someone who loved kids and felt like a mother to every child she met.

To honor her love of running, he asks that people who attend her visitation in Sun Prairie on Friday afternoon wear running shoes.