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Milwaukee woman killed in hit-and-run crash

Neighbors complain about dangerous intersection
Posted at 6:42 PM, Aug 12, 2016
A woman was killed by a hit-and-run driver as she crossed a Milwaukee street Thursday night.
 
Mary Wills was hit by a black SUV with tinted windows making a right-hand turn at 91st and Appleton. 
 
Charmaine West's mom and stepfather saw it happen from their nearby balcony. He took immediate action to help.
"He thought it was a kid, so he didn't think -- like his reaction was, 'Oh my God, let's get this kid,' and he jumped off the balcony," West said. "I heard my momma scream, like she screamed really loud."
 
West's stepfather landed on his back when he jumped off the balcony and fractured his spine.
 
But the witnesses say Wills had the right of way when she was struck by the car. 
Residents in the area say 91st and Appleton is a difficult intersection for pedestrians.
 
"Some nights I'll go across the street to Walgreens to get something and it's just too dark. You know this area should be lit much better," neighbor Bernard Whitaker said. 
 
"Something needs to be done about it because they come around that corner really, really too fast," another neighbor, Vervee Johnson, said.
 
Local Alderman Jim Bohl says he plans to look into neighbors' concerns about lighting and speeding within the next week.
 
Family member say the victim worked at Walmart. 
 
"Hopefully they have a heart to turn theirself in because that was somebody's mother out there," West said.