Racine sanitation worker, pastor killed in crash

Posted at 8:25 PM, Dec 14, 2016

RACINE -- A City of Racine sanitation worker and community pastor was killed in an accident with a Ford Mustang Wednesday morning.

The accident occurred near the intersection of Washington Avenue and Oregon Street. Police say Mark Gates was hit by the Mustang and was transported to Froedtert Hospital by Flight for Life.

Witnesses say he was stuck between the truck and the car.

"He was in pain, he was screaming, and a lot of people went outside to try to help him," eyewitness Ilyas Kazi says. "The guy who was driving the car, he's got a problem."

"Mark was a highly respected and dedicated employee as well as a deeply faithful and caring pastor, and he will be missed by all who knew him," Racine Mayor John T. Dickert said Wednesday evening.

There is currently no word on the condition of the Ford Mustang driver.

Racine Police investigators are interested in any additional information that anyone may have about this crime. Any witnesses, or citizens with information, are urged to call the Racine Police Department Investigations Unit at (262) 635-7756.
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