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Condition of driver in fatal crash improves

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Gazette staff
April 26, 2011
— The conditions of two people injured in a fatal crash Sunday morning have improved.

The condition of Margaret Worden, 61, Janesville, was upgraded from critical to stable Monday at Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center.


The man suspected of drunken driving in the crash, Omar Tavizon-Ramos, 21, Janesville, was upgraded from serious to fair condition at a Madison hospital.


Killed in the crash was Jeffery S. Bauer, 19, of 613 W. Racine St., Janesville.


Bauer was a passenger in a southbound van driven by his grandmother, Worden. They were delivering the Gazette at the time of the crash, according to Lon Haenel, Gazette circulation director.


The van was turning east onto Racine Street when it was broadsided by the northbound Chevrolet Malibu driven by Tavizon-Ramos, according to Janesville police.


Bauer was thrown from the van and pronounced dead at the scene. Worden was pinned in the vehicle.


Witnesses told police the Malibu was traveling at a high speed.


A passenger in the Malibu—Gilberto Vargas-Cano, 22, Janesville—was listed in critical condition Monday night at University Hospital in Madison, a hospital spokesperson said. His condition had not changed since Sunday.


Tavizon-Ramos was arrested on suspicion of homicide by drunken driving, causing death by driving while suspended, causing injury by driving while suspended, first-offense drunken driving and two counts of causing injury by drunken driving.


He didn’t appear in Rock County Court on Monday because he remains hospitalized.



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