A hit-and-run accident on the city's North side sent a 15-year-old boy to the hospital Wednesday morning with serious injuries as the alleged driver took off.
Police responded to a call near the corner of 29th Street and Teutonia Avenue around 7:45 a.m.
According to surveillance video at Brother's Auto on Teutonia Avenue, the boy can be seen walking east on Fairmount Avenue just before 7:40 a.m. He is partially visible at the top of the frame as he waits to cross Teutonia as cars continue to pass the busy intersection.
He steps out of frame and the incident is not seen. However, soon after, other vehicles stop and people begin to run towards where the victim was struck.
The boy was taken to the hospital with very serious injuries.
Those who drive Teutonia Avenue say this accident comes as no surprise to them.
"I'm sad to hear about that," said Carolyn Boyd of Milwaukee. "It don't surprise me because they just speed all the time. It can happen anywhere to anybody trying to cross the street."
"When I came and I see an accident, it's something you see every other day," said Emad Elkhalifa. "That's why I didn't pay attention at first."
But Elkhalifa perked up when he heard this was a hit-and-run involving a 15-year-old boy. As the owner of Brother's Auto on Teutonia, he has surveillance cameras all around his business with one pointed toward the direction where the accident happened.
"You asked me if I saw something and I didn't," Elkhalifa said. "But when you tell me the guy was hit-and-run and they can't get him, I thought at that time, I feel the pain. It's my duty as a Muslim and as a human being to do that. I got kids. I'm father of three kids. I don't want someone like that to get away."
Elkhalifa spent the better part of the day pulling in the surveillance video to be of some assistance. It's hard to tell which car may have hit the boy, but he hopes it will help.
However, he's concerned something like this could happen again.
"This intersection has trouble," Elkhalifa said. "People don't care about the crossing. There's a day care across the street. There's a couple tire places. A lot of traffic. People are careless most of the time. You see that accident because it's a busy intersection."
Police have not released a description of the vehicle or the suspect. They only say they are still searching for the person.
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