Driver hit by stolen car on Milwaukee's north side

Posted at 10:33 PM, Jul 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-19 23:33:46-04

A driver on Milwaukee’s north side was struck by a stolen van Wednesday night at North Martin Luther King Drive and Keefe Avenue.

Police are still searching for a group of teens and young adults who have been carjacking cars in Wauwatosa. In Milwaukee, TODAY’S  TMJ4 spoke with a driver who was struck by one of the stolen cars Wednesday evening.

"I was just going through a green light, and all of the sudden out of the corner of my eye, I saw this van coming through the red light, and it kept coming," said Robin Cross. "I swerved to miss it, but it was too late."

Luckily, Cross didn't suffer any serious injuries. His car, however, is badly damaged.

"Right after the crash, I saw six kids get out of the van," he said. "Young kids. Twelve to 17 years old. They didn't care if I was alive or dead. They just got out of the van and ran away like rats. The cops chased another stolen car they had hopped into, but they got away."

The van they crashed was stolen around two in the morning Wednesday, at the BP Gas Station at 76th and Center Streets in Wauwatosa. Investigators say the owner of the van was approached by a young man with a rifle.

"I learned that they had a gun in the car," Cross said. "Normally, I would go after some clowns like that, but I'm glad I didn't."

Armed and on the loose with little regard for human life, Cross worries what these young suspects will do—or who they'll hurt—next.

"A lot of the people I talk with, who are my age, are afraid to drive in the streets, in the middle of the day," Cross said. "That makes no sense. It shouldn't be that way. It's getting ridiculous. Something has to be done."