MILWAUKEE -- A man was struck and killed on Milwaukee's south side Monday night.
Milwaukee police said the man was crossing at Cesar Chavez Drive and National Avenue at approximately 10 p.m.
Witnesses told police a pick-up truck going north on Cesar Chavez Drive, sped up to beat a changing light, hit the man and sped off without stopping.
Officials said the victim was crossing against a "no walk" sign. The 35-year-old victim was taken to the hospital with serious injuries and later died.
Monday night's crash was the latest in an already deadly year on Milwaukee's streets, adding to a frightening rise of fatal crashes in the last several years.
Between 2008-2013, Milwaukee averaged 35 traffic-related deaths per year. In 2014, the number jumped to 49, a 40 percent increase. Last year, car crashes killed 64 people - nearly double the rate from just five years ago.
This year, MPD analysts say we're on pace for at least 60 traffic deaths once again.