New hit-and-run law speaks volumes for local family

MADISON, Wis. (WSAW) -- A new Wisconsin law is holding those involved in a hit-and-run more accountable. Governor Scott Walker signed the Yellow Alert bill in Madison Wednesday.

The former law required drivers, who hit another occupied vehicle, to stop. The new one signed into law, goes further, by requiring all drivers who hit something or someone to stop and investigate.

Among those who went to the Yellow Alert bill signing Wednesday in Madison was the family of Deidre Week.

The 11-year-old was hit and killed while riding her bike in the Town of Vesper, near Wisconsin Rapids on March 24, 1995.

"This is just awesome that they finally did something. It can't help our Deidre, but it can help other people that they don't have to go through what we went through for 21 years now," said Deidre's father, David Week.

The bill's author, De Pere Republican Representative Andre Jacque said it was inspired by a crash that killed John Kennedy. The Green Bay teen was hit in his wheelchair on the side of the road five years ago.

The man convicted in Kennedy's death said he didn't stop because he thought he hit a garbage can.

"It wasn't the impact of the vehicle that killed him. It was the fact that the vehicle threw him into a road side ditch where he drowned. It's a shame that this behavior has to be legislated," said Jeff Kennedy, John's father.

Both families say it's a fight they've been fighting for years and are happy something is finally being done to help their cause.

A lieutenant from the Wood County Sheriff's Office tells NewsChannel 7 he's unaware of any new leads in the Deidre Week case.