Two sisters struck by cars in Whitefish Bay in a matter of days

Posted at 10:15 PM, Oct 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-10 01:35:06-04

Two sisters were hit by cars less than a week apart in Whitefish Bay.  Tony Truett's 9-year-old was struck at a crosswalk on Silver Spring Drive.

"She was crossing and they had the right of way and the guy stopped and then he decided to go before it was hit time to go," Truett said.

Truett said the car hit his daughter Olivia before she made it to the other side causing her to topple over.  Her bike came down with her.

"Her leg was bruised," Truett said.

The 9-year-old was on crutches for several days, but Olivia is back on her bike again.

"You kind of have to be more careful when you cross the street and make sure they're like all the way stopped," Olivia said.

Not even a week went by when Truett got a call his 11-year-old daughter was struck by a car.

"I thought it was a joke because my other kid just got hit," Truett said.

She was riding her bike to school, crossing over Henry Clay.

"She got to the intersection and she stopped and she thought she made eye contact with the lady, but she really couldn't see into the car so she proceeded to go across," Truett said.

Like his younger daughter, there were only minor injuries.

"Scraped knee, scraped elbow," Truett said.

Truett blamed the accidents on distracted driving.

"I thought it was safe and now I'm wondering," Truett said.

Truett would like to see flashing lights at the crosswalks.

The Whitefish Bay police chief said there have been less than a handful of reports of people being hit by cars this year.  He urges pedestrians and bikers to make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street.