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Albany pedestrian critically injured by car passing by
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MONROE - A man out walking on an Albany street before sunrise Wednesday was taken to a Madison hospital after a car hit him, according to the Green County Sheriff's Office.

James A. Johnson, 41, Albany, sustained life-threatening injuries in the accident and was taken by Albany EMS to the University of Wisconsin Hospital, Lt. Paul Weichbrod said.

The accident happened just before 6 a.m. Wednesday in the 600 block of North Cincinnati Street. The driver, Branden M. Lange, 17, Albany, "was northbound when he crested a small knoll and struck a pedestrian" walking northbound on the road, according to the initial accident report.

Johnson was walking "about three feet into the roadway" when he was hit, Weichbrod said.

Lange was uninjured and wearing his seatbelt, but the four-door sedan he was driving sustained severe damage. It was towed. Weichbrod was unsure as of Thursday morning if this damage was from the car's impact with Johnson alone, or if Lange hit anything else, like a curb or fence. Weichbrod said he anticipates the on-scene deputies will have their full accident reports done by Monday.

Neither Johnson nor Lange was cited at the scene.

"As far as enforcement action," Weichbrod said, "this may - and I'm saying 'may' very strongly - this may be a no-fault incident."