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A year after a Milwaukee crossing guard was hit and killed, hit and runs are on the rise

Posted: 4:49 PM, Nov 15, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-15 19:24:10-05

Hit-and-run crashes are on the rise in Milwaukee, a tough statistic for the family of Andrew Tyler, a year after a driver hit their loved one.  

The victim's daughter Sharon Tyler said the pain is still raw. 

"You feel empty yah know like a big hole," she said.

Andrew Tyler was on his way to work as a Milwaukee Police Department Crossing Guard on the northwest side when a driver hit him and took off.  Tyler later died from his injuries.  

Sharon Tyler said she believes the outcome would have been different if the driver would have stopped to help her dad. 

"I do I really really do," she said.

Andrew Tyler was just one of 109 hit-and-run crashes involving pedestrians in 2017.  Milwaukee Police said so far this year there have been 118.  

The latest hit-and-run happened last weekend when a driver hit and killed 23-year-old Sendrick Allen when he was crossing the street near Sherman Blvd. and Capitol Dr.  MPD has since made an arrest in this case. 

Hit-and-run crashes as a whole, involving pedestrians and vehicles, are up 17 percent in Milwaukee from 2017 to 2018.  This time last year there were 4,148.  Milwaukee Police said there have been 4,860 so far this year. 

Tyler wants to use her tragedy to educate drivers.

"I definitely want to get into the schools and talk to the teenagers that are driving because they don't have as much experience as adults," she said.

Tyler also plans to meet with lawmakers. 

"To see if there's something else they can do as far as legislation goes to make things a little bit harder on these criminals so that they don't hit and run and they actually stop and help the person," said Tyler. 

The driver responsible for taking Andrew Tyler's life was sentenced to 12 years in prison and six years of extended supervision.