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Milwaukee woman dies in crash, man arrested, speed a factor: MPD

Dwynetta Thomas
Posted at 1:36 PM, Mar 14, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-14 19:32:59-04

MILWAUKEE — A 43-year-old Milwaukee woman has died following a two-car crash at W. Fond Du Lac Avenue and West Congress Street on Saturday, according to family and police.

The victim was identified as Dwynetta Thomas by her brother. Tristain Thomas tells TMJ4 News she died following the crash.

"It seemed like everywhere you walked, somebody knew her," he said. "She was just that bright light. Just irreplaceable."

A statement from Milwaukee police states a car crashed into the victim's car, who was trying to make a left turn at around 11 a.m. The victim was brought to the hospital in "grave condition," police said.

The driver of the other car, identified by police as a 22-year-old Milwaukee man, suffered non-fatal injuries. He was brought to the hospital, and officers later arrested him.

Police say speed was a factor in the crash.

Charges will be referred to the district attorney's office.

Less than 24 hours before Thomas was killed, a man died in a single-car crash near 71st and Fond Du Lac. Police are also investigating that incident.

Both crash sites along Fond Du Lac sit in District Seven of the Milwaukee Police Department.

So far this year, that area has seen 576 crashes, down about 26 percent compared to the same time in 2021. Police have ticketed nearly 500 people for driving more than 20 miles over the speed limit.

Tristain Thomas, who grew up in Milwaukee, said it's a problem the city can no longer ignore.

"If it's the last thing our family does, we'll make sure change is affected. So nobody else has to go through this. Something positive, as horrid as this is, has to happen as a result," said Thomas.

Change in the city, however, won't bring back his sister. And he wants the driver who killed her to know that.

"I'm usually a forgiving person, but it's going to take some time to forgive this," he said.

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