Shawn Oliver was less than two weeks away from turning 20 years old. Instead of celebrating his birthday next week, his family will be holding his funeral.
"He was like the protector of the family," said his aunt, Jackie.
Oliver died Saturday night when the car he was riding in crashed at 27th and Capitol. Police say the 18-year-old driver was fleeing from a traffic stop when she crashed.
Jackie Oliver says their family wants to know why the 18-year-old woman ran from police when she was likely only facing a traffic ticket.
"That's what all young kids do, trying to show out, impress their other friends," she said. "You drive crazy, why not stop, let him out? Why not bring him home?"
According to police, officers attempted to pull over the 18-year-old driver of the Chevy Impala for displaying improper license plates. After speeding off, she eventually crashed into a Nissan Altima and a concrete pole.
Shawn Oliver died at the scene from multiple blunt force injures, according to the medical examiner. Two other passengers in the Chevy, including Shawn Oliver's best friend, were seriously injured. Oliver's family says his friend is currently in a coma in the hospital.
Three people in the Nissan were also injured.
"He was a very genuine person," said Crystal Giles, a family friend of the Oliver's. "He should not have been taken away because of someone else's senseless behavior."
Shawn Oliver had recently survived an accident and according to his family, that made him afraid to ride in cars. They say he didn't know the woman driving and was only there because he was with his friend. His family believes he likely begged to get out.
"He gon' be missed," Jackie Oliver said. "He died at a young age."
Milwaukee Police say they presented the case to the District Attorney Tuesday afternoon for possible charges. Police also said there's no indication the car the 18-year-old woman was driving was stolen.
In the meantime, Shawn Oliver's family is raising donations for his funeral next week. You can donate here.