MILWAUKEE — A University of Wisconsin-Whitewater student died in Milwaukee on Friday after a homicide suspect being pursued by U.S. marshals ran a red light and struck her vehicle, also killing the man driving the car in which she was a passenger.
Milwaukee police say Maria Buhler, 20, suffered “fatal injuries” from the crash reported at about 9:32 a.m. Friday.
Joseph Badora, 23, was driving the car with Buhler as a passenger. He died Saturday after being taken to a hospital in critical condition following the crash, Milwaukee police said.
Karen Domagalski, operations manager at the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office, said Wednesday that both Buhler and Badora were wearing seatbelts. The airbags deployed, she said.
The 27-year-old driver of the other vehicle was wanted by authorities on a homicide warrant from Minot, North Dakota, the release states. U.S. marshals were pursuing him when he drove through a red light at North 51st and West Center streets.
Adams Publishing Group is working to confirm the identity of that driver.
The university directory previously listed the name Maria Buhler as a junior studying marketing.
The Tri Sigma sorority at UW-Whitewater shared its condolences in a post on Instagram on Sunday afternoon
“Tri Sigma is deeply saddened over the loss of our sister and dear friend, Maria Buhler,” the post states. “She will be remembered for her kindness and being an amazing friend to all.”