A 22-year-old woman was killed after a crash on southbound I-43/94 at the Marquette Interchange.
A GoFundMe fundraiser identified the victim as Prasanthika “Madu” Fernando. She had just graduated from UW-Green Bay and planned to attend medical school.
"Her life ended too soon at the age of 22 as she was in a fatal car accident when she was rear-ended on highway 43 by a semi truck on June 8, 2021, that is when her life ended here on earth and her spirit continued on in heaven. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord and thankfully her family is blessed to know that that’s where she is," fundraiser organizer Imasha Perera writes.
As of Tuesday evening, the fundraiser has raised just over $3,000 of its $25,000 goal. The money will go towards funeral and burial expenses.
WisDOT reported the crash Tuesday morning, saying all lanes were blocked due to the crash. The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office said it responded to a report of a disabled vehicle just after 4 a.m., in the middle lanes of traffic on SB I-43.
According to MCSO, a transit vehicle had "narrowly missed striking the vehicle" and said the vehicle didn't have any lights on.
A semi-truck then hit the disabled vehicle, MCSO said, killing the woman.
The lanes reopened just after 9:30 a.m.