Driver blew past 'wrong way' signs before Kenosha fatal hit-and-run

Posted at 10:19 PM, Jul 09, 2018

A wrong-way driver is in custody for hitting and killing a Kenosha teen Sunday, and new details show the man had more than one sign not to drive the direction he was headed.

Kenosha Police said the man originally took off from the crash but turned himself in on Monday morning.

Mason Ramirez is a friend of the teen. TODAY'S TMJ4 is not naming the 19-year-old because police are still notifying family.

Ramirez said he had recently gotten his motorcycle and was driving home around 9:15 p.m. Sunday when he was hit. 

“He was a really good rider for being so new. He was one of the most cautious riders I knew. He rarely ever sped or anything,” said Ramirez.

Police said a 29-year-old man hit the teen. The man had pulled out of the BP Gas station going the wrong way on the road.

Residents like Gina Ford said they don’t know how the driver could do it.

“When you come out you can only go one way,” said Ford.

There are even signs up that read, “wrong way” and “do not enter.”

“I’ve never seen a wrong way driver in this area,” said Andrew Oniszczuk who lives nearby.

Police said the man tried to turn into the Aldi parking lot when he realized he was going the wrong direction. That’s when he hit the teen.

He drove off after the collision, but witnesses followed him after he parked the car.

Ramirez said the driver took away a great person.

“He was a really great guy. He was always nice, always positive. I was glad to have him as a friend,” said Ramirez.

We are not naming the driver because he has not yet been charged.