Two pedestrians injured by Mount Pleasant hit-and-run driver

Police: Men may have been trying to flag down ride
Posted at 1:41 PM, Sep 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-20 18:45:24-04

Mount Pleasant Police are looking for a driver who hit two pedestrians early Tuesday morning and kept going.

Captain Brian Smith says say three men were seen walking along the Highway 32 median north of the Kenosha/Racine county line, when witnesses say they crossed into the roadway. Two men were struck by a southbound vehicle that took off after the accident. 

"We did receive a call prior to that of possible people in the roadway and apparently were trying to flag a vehicle down," said Smith.

Police say after a night of drinking, the three men were trying to catch a ride home. One man was seriously injured in the accident.

"He flew into the windshield then the side of the vehicle,” said Smith. “He had severe injuries, he's up at Froedtert Hospital."

Hours later, police found the suspect's vehicle ditched in Kenosha.

Back in the 45 MPH zone on Highway 32, many neighbors lining the street say they’ve seen plenty of speeding and erratic driving.

"I don't know if they're texting on the phones or whatever, and [they] go right up the median and knock down the poles and keep on going," said Richard Witek. 

Witek says he’s had to deal with plenty of hitchhikers as well.

“Just last week I was mowing the lawn and she kind of scared me, she said ‘Hey sir could I have a ride?’” said Witek.

Witek says the combination of reckless driving and pedestrians walking along the streets makes it a dangerous stretch.

“I feel sad for them, they shouldn’t have been out in the middle of the road when they’re drunk if they had to go home to Kenosha, they should have called a taxi and had them picked up and took them home,”

Police warn those walking in the area to always stay off the roadway.

“I think there were some poor decisions made on the pedestrians’ part and unfortunately a poor decision on the driver’s part as he fled the scene,” said Smith.

Mt. Pleasant police are still searching for the driver of a beige, 4-door Grand Prix. They do not have a description of the suspect, but ask if you saw the driver this morning you’re asked to call police.