MILWAUKEE — As city leaders work to launch an anti-reckless driving initiative Saturday, a local woman is sharing her story. Her husband was badly injured two years ago when a speeding driver lost control of her car, hitting him and two others.
Caseyana Walters thought her unexpected cesarean section would be her biggest undertaking of 2017, but she was blindsided 11 days after her youngest child was born when she learned her husband, Josh Walters, was hit by a car.
“I kind of almost went blank initially when it happened due to the circumstances,” Walters said.
Milwaukee Police said the driver was speeding down Fond du Lac near 20th, trying to pass another car and cross an intersection before the light turned red. Josh suffered a number of injuries including a broken back, shattered arms and broken legs. The driver was also rushed to the hospital, where she eventually died.
“When I saw Josh for the first time in the hospital and realized how bad the accident actually was, I actually said a little prayer for her hoping that she would be OK," Walters said.
“It sounds kind of silly, but being able to get down on his hands and knees and being able to play with his kids again I know has helped tremendously." Caseyana Walters, about her husband Josh
The mother of three said the crash disrupted her family’s routine, taking a toll on everyone physically, emotionally and even financially, but today she said looking at Josh, you would never know the severity of his injuries. All the pain has only made them stronger.
“It sounds kind of silly, but being able to get down on his hands and knees and being able to play with his kids again I know has helped tremendously," Walters said.
Walters told TODAY'S TMJ4 that she looks forward to Saturday’s “Take it E-Z Milwaukee” rollout — and she hopes it’s the very thing that enforces better decisions behind the wheel.