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$2K bond issued for Milwaukee man accused in fatal crash near 54th and Fond du Lac

DaJohn Norwood's license was revoked in 2017 and never reinstated.
Dwynetta Thomas
Posted at 5:01 PM, Mar 17, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-17 23:23:24-04

MILWAUKEE — A 21-year-old Milwaukee man has been charged in the death of a woman following a reckless driving crash last weekend.

Dwynetta Thomas, 43, died following a two-car crash at 54th and Fond Du Lac last Saturday.

DaJohn Norwood has been charged with knowingly operating a motor vehicle while revoked, causing death.

According to a criminal complaint, a Volvo driven by Norwood was traveling eastbound on Fond du Lac while a Chevy Cobalt traveling westbound attempted to turn left.

The Volvo then collided with the Cobalt. The incident was shown in video surveillance.

The complaint says Norwood's operating privilege was revoked in January of 2017 and was never reinstated. He was stopped in May of 2021 and ticketed for Operating After Revocation.

An autopsy, according to the complaint, says Thomas' cause of death was multiple blunt force injuries she sustained in the accident.

Prosecutors asked for a $7,500 bail citing Norwood as a flight risk. His defense attorney’s asked for bail to be set at $1,000. Ultimately the court Commissioner Grace Flynn set bail at $2,000 which she called “substantial.”

He faces six years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

Thomas' family is disappointed with the bail set for Norwood.

”We were just stunned for something so serious it’s virtually a slap on the wrist” said Thomas’ brother Tristian Thomas.

He says the family will focus their efforts on bail reform.

“I want to see a system put in place that actually, that actually has consequences that people will take seriously” Tristian Thomas said.

So far this year, that area has seen 576 crashes, down about 26 percent compared to the same time in 2021. Police have ticketed nearly 500 people for driving more than 20 miles over the speed limit.

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