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'He's going to have to learn how to walk again:' Police search for driver in south side hit-and-run

Posted at 6:38 PM, Dec 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-31 20:49:57-05

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Police are looking for a driver who hit a man and took off on the city’s south side Sunday night, leaving the pedestrian seriously hurt.

Police said the 64-year-old man was struck around 8:45 p.m. by 25th and Greenfield Avenue. Witnesses said the man had just left a convenience store on the corner and got to the other side of the street when it happened.

Ashley Olson is upset that her uncle will have to ring in the new year from a hospital bed. She asked TODAY’S TMJ4 not to identify him.

“Coming into 2020 you hope for the next year to be better and then this happens,” Olson said. “It’s just devastating. He’s going to have to learn how to walk again. He’s going to have to go through a lot of physical therapies.”

Antonio McDaniel watched it happen, standing outside his apartment.

“When he hit him, he flew in the air,” McDaniel said. “A car was driving slow. Then another car was speeding.”

He said that car speeding down Greenfield, swerved around the other car on the right side, hitting Olson’s uncle.

McDaniel said the driver stopped for a moment but then sped off.

“He touched him to see if he was alright,” McDaniel said.

A witness quickly took out their cell phone and captured the car turning right on the 24th.

“You could had just stayed there with him and helped him, and made sure he was you know getting taken care of,” Olson said.

Olson doesn’t understand how someone could do such a thing.

“They have no care in the world about what they did and how they devastated this man’s life,” Olson said. “Speeding and rushing around to get where you have to go, it's not worth the lives that are lost. It's not worth the injuries that our community is going through right now.”

She’s just praying for justice.

“I hope that he steps forward or that the police find him and he gets arrested, and he gets to take responsibility for his actions,” Olson said.

Witnesses describe the suspect’s vehicle as a blue truck with a broken window and no license plates.

If you have any information about the incident call the Milwaukee Police Department at (414) 935-7360.