The Sauk County Sheriff's Department and Wisconsin State Patrol give new details into the crash that killed a state trooper from Tomah early Tuesday morning.
Trooper Anthony Borostowski, 34, died instantly in the crash according to Sheriff Chip Meister which happened around 4:30 a.m.
The sheriff said that Borostowski was parked in the median near mile marker 89 on I-90/94 between Lake Delton and Wisconsin Dells when witnesses said he pulled out onto the highway headed east. About a mile down the road, Borostowski lost control of his 2009 Crown Victoria, went into a ditch and struck a tree.
Sheriff Meister said high speeds were a factor in the crash.
Their investigation is looking at whether Borostowski pulled out to go after a violator and what caused the patrol car to go out of control. Witnesses said that neither the squad's emergency lights or sirens were on at the time of the crash. "Perhaps he was trying to catch up to a vehicle," said Sheriff Meister. "But the witnesses report that he didn't have his lights and siren activated...which is normal in trying to catch up to a vehicle."
Sheriff Meister asked that anyone with information that hadn't talked to authorities to contact the Sauk County Sheriff's Department at 800-377-1195.
There is no dash cam video available, as officials said the car was an older model and did not have a camera in it.
WSP Lt. Col. Steve Krueger, speaking at a news conference in Baraboo, said, "I stand here today with deep sorrow at the loss of one of ours...and somebody who works closely with law enforcement," as he acknowledged other area law enforcement officers in the room. "It's all one big family."
Krueger spoke of Borostowski's service with the state patrol since 2014 as well as his time with the Wisconsin National Guard. "He was a true public servant. He just didn't serve the citizens of Wisconsin with our agency, but also served since 2004 with the Wisconsin Army National Guard. During that time, three deployments, and just recently completed three weeks of training with the Army National Guard to be a drill instructor."
Earlier Tuesday, Governor Scott Walker issued a statement on Borostowski's passing.
“Our hearts are heavy today as we mourn the loss of Anthony Borostowski who passed away early this morning in the line of duty. Anthony was an outstanding trooper and staff sergeant in the Wisconsin National Guard. I had the honor of meeting him in 2015 when he received the Wisconsin State Patrol’s Lifesaving Award for saving a man’s life by performing CPR. Tonette and I send our prayers to Anthony’s family as they grieve the loss of their loved one. Anthony will never be forgotten.”
Late Tuesday afternoon, the governor signed an executive order lowering flags in the state.
Earlier, our sister station WKOW spoke with Jim Palmer of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association and he gave the following statement:
On behalf of Wisconsin's law enforcement community, we are saddened to learn that another Wisconsin officer has died in the line of duty. This is the third Wisconsin officer to pay the ultimate sacrifice in the last six months, and the 36th officer to die in the line of duty this year. With a 45% increase in the number of traffic-related officer fatalities, today's tragic loss is a painful reminder of the many perils intrinsic to the law enforcement profession.Our hearts go out to all those affected by this tragedy, as well as to all of the dedicated men and women still working to keep our state safe. May God bless them and protect them as they protect us.
Borostowski received the patrol's Lifesaving Award in 2015 for helping provide CPR that saved the life of a man in a New Lisbon home.
We will provide more information as it becomes available.