Bystanders try to stop Brady Street hit-and-run driver

Posted at 11:48 AM, Jun 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-17 12:59:52-04

MILWAUKEE -- A hit-and-run driver crashed into several cars in the middle of the day. But when he slammed into a van at the intersection of Brady Street and Arlington Place, bystanders stepped in to try and stop him.

Apollo Cafe's owner, Nikos Limberatos, heard about the accident from an employee. When he went to check it out, he realized what was going on.

"I've got to get this guy out, I've got to stop him," said Limberatos. In video taken by a bystander, you see Limberatos grab a glass of water from an outdoor table. "I went and I threw it in his face," he said.

Limberatos said he acted on instinct, since he realized the truck was trying to get away from the scene of the accident.

"My main concern was to try and get him out of his car. And I just could not get his door open," explained Limberatos.

Police said pedestrians should not try to detain a car in a hit-and-run situation. But, Limberatos said the truck was pointed at people on the sidewalk.

"He didn't want to stop for anything, for anyone," explained Ashley Dunn, a waitress at Jack's American Pub.

Police said they are working to find the black truck and the driver responsible. The truck's license plate is Wisconsin, JV9042