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18-year-old man dies in crash at 33rd and Lincoln

Posted at 5:30 AM, Jun 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-07 18:52:45-04

MILWAUKEE — An 18-year-old man died after a two-vehicle crash about 3:30 a.m. Friday in the 2200 block of South 33rd Street, according to the Milwaukee Police Department.

A vehicle was traveling westbound on West Lincoln Avenue when it was struck by another vehicle traveling northbound on South 33rd Street and disregarded the stop sign, police said in a news release. A man in the vehicle that ran the stop sign was killed.

"My husband woke me up because we both heard a bang," Christine Torres said. "I thought I was just dreaming."

Three people reportedly had non-life-threatening injuries.

Torres lives next to a bar so she's used to some noise, but never anything like this.

"It would have woken the whole neighborhood," she said.

Neighbors are used to seeing cars zip down Lincoln between 30th and 35th. It can be extremely difficult to cross.

"It doesn't surprise me," Luis Quesada said. "It's unfortunate. Gives me chills."

Quesada works at a car dealer near the crash. He says he has to go back and forth across Lincoln and it can be scary to do so. He hopes this crash will show how much they need safety measures on the road.

"Until they kill someone, they will put a blinking light here or something," Quesada said. "We need some type of crossing."

Alderman Bob Donovan told TODAY'S TMJ4 he spoke to residents in the area about possibly putting in speed bumps on 33rd Street. He said it would be a start, but drivers need to pay more attention.

"There's no substitute for people driving responsibly," Donovan said. "It's frustrating on Lincoln with reckless driving and speeding. Blowing a stop sign, how do you police that?"

Lincoln was closed from 32nd to 34th after the crash.